TEMPORARY ADMINISTRATIVE RULE NO: 5095-07

RELATED TO POLICY SERIES NO: 5095 

TITLE: NOVEL CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 Use of Face Coverings

PURPOSE
To provide for the ongoing health and safety of all persons on Linn-Benton Community College properties through the implementation of clear expectations for use of face coverings or masks while on campus to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

STATEMENT
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in alignment with the Oregon Governor’s executive orders, and consistent with guidance from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Linn-Benton Community College is issuing its face covering policy effective June 13, 2020. It applies to all Linn-Benton Community College locations and serves the College’s goal to help reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19. This College policy may be revised subsequently to align with federal, state, and local guidance as the public health response evolves.

LBCC requires the use of face coverings, which include masks, cloth face coverings, or face shields, for all faculty, staff, students and visitors, in accordance with local public health, OHA, and CDC guidelines. LBCC requires faculty, staff, students, and visitors across all LBCC locations to use face coverings when in enclosed public and common areas on campus and outdoor areas, unless an exception is met. Masks and cloth face coverings should be worn in combination with other measures, such as strict physical distancing and proper hand washing.

When used with standard distancing and hygiene measures, face coverings serve as a central public health measure to reduce the spread of infection across all College settings. Face coverings are particularly important in spaces where physical distancing may be difficult, or when working in enclosed spaces shared by other people, with the exception of immediate family or household members (e.g., partner, child, parents, or roommates).

While cloth face coverings will not provide full protection for individuals wearing them, those that cover the nose and mouth in ways consistent with health authority guidelines will help prevent the spread of the virus in the community when used in combination with physical distancing (see LBCC AR 5095-06—Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 Physical Distancing Guidelines) and proper hand washing.

OBJECTIVES

This College policy is issued to contribute to the health and safety of the LBCC community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and to align with federal and state regulations, executive orders, and guidance.

This College policy applies to all LBCC employees, students, volunteers, visitors, contractors, vendors, and community members.

DEFINITIONS

  • “Face covering” means a cloth, paper, or disposable face covering that covers the nose and the mouth.
  • “Mask” means a medical grade mask.
  • “Face shield” means a clear plastic shield that covers the forehead, extends below the chin, and wraps around the sides of the face.

LBCC SETTINGS THAT WILL REQUIRE THE USE OF FACE COVERINGS

  • Interior and exterior public spaces where physical distancing cannot be met (i.e., hallways, doorways, elevators, stairwells, restrooms, etc.);
  • In-person classroom settings;
  • Shared lab spaces, including computer labs;
  • Cafe, coffee shops, restaurants, and the Campus Stores;
  • Shared outdoor spaces (e.g., courtyard, baseball viewing stands, or any outdoor event/gathering spaces), etc.);
  • College vehicles, including carts, with more than one occupant;
  • Other spaces as designated by the Coronavirus Response Coordinators (Director of Human Resources, Director of Public Safety and Loss Prevention, or their designees).

EXCEPTIONS TO THE USE OF FACE COVERINGS

Exceptions to this College policy include:

  • Use goes against documented industry best practices for a specific position, or by law or regulation, including the use of standard personal protective equipment (PPE) per Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards;
  • When working alone in an enclosed workspace;
  • When exercising and working outdoors as long as a distance of at least six (6) feet is maintained at all times;
  • When an individual is under the age of five;
  • Individuals with medical conditions that prohibit them from wearing any face covering (medical conditions precluding the use of face coverings are rare);
  • Where space can be designed to provide for adequate barriers such as plexiglass dividers.

Additional exceptions may be issued on a case-by-case basis by the Coronavirus Response Coordinators.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The College will post signage clearly stating face covering requirements, including access to services for faculty, staff, students, and invited visitors. The College will provide face coverings to those who do not have one.

LBCC’s policy will and may be amended if regulatory conditions change or guidance from health authorities evolves. This may include local or state-level laws or guidance related to business practices (e.g., food service, labs, etc.).

LBCC may transition from a requirement to a recommended use of cloth face coverings based on local conditions and guidance from the CDC, OHA, and local health authorities.

LBCC will provide employees alternatives to face coverings, such as face shields, if such alternatives are needed.

LBCC will continue to follow OSHA and industry guidance related to workplace safety (e.g., safe clean protocols for custodial workers, or face coverings indicated for food services workers).

An individual who is not wearing a face covering and states that they are aware of this policy and believes they should be afforded an exception, must meet with the Center for Accessibility Resources to formalize accommodations.  

Individuals who engage in harassing, discriminatory, bullying, or retaliatory behavior towards those because they are or are not wearing a face covering may be subject to investigation and sanction under other applicable LBCC policies.

This policy is in addition to LBCC AR 5095-06 regarding preventing the spread of COVID-19.  Guidelines regarding remote work and physical distancing remain in place. Please continue to practice physical distancing even when wearing a face covering.

This Use of Face Coverings Policy is considered temporary. The use of paper/cloth face coverings in the workplace will be re-assessed periodically following the guidelines set forth by the CDC, Oregon governor’s orders, and local health authorities. 

Please direct any questions regarding the policy and the use and care of face coverings to Director of Human Resources or the Director of Public Safety and Loss Prevention.

Related Documentation:

COVID-19 FAQ

LBCC COVID-19 Resources and Updates

Temporary Administrative Rule No. 5095-06—NOVEL CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 Physical Distancing Guidelines

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on wearing cloth face coverings

Oregon Health Authority Mask and Face Covering Guidance for Business, Transit, and the Public

 

Additional Resources from HECC and OHA, June 12, 2020: Guidance for the Conduct of In-Person Instructional, Residential, and Research Activities at Oregon Colleges and Universities:

CDC’s “Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

CDC “Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

CDC: Guidance on ventilation and filtration

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

OHA General Guidance for Employers on COVID-19 re: physical barriers

Oregon local public health authority (LPHA) directory
note that “CD nurse” is the number for communicable disease issues

 

DATE OF ADOPTION:  6/26/2020

DATE(S) OF REVISION(S): 8/18/2020; 9/29/2020

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