Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Risk Mitigation Strategy

CMU's risk mitigation strategy follows a classic “hierarchy of controls” approach, which is a widely accepted system from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) used to minimize exposure to hazards. Together, through a combination of Containment, Substitution, Engineering Controls, Administrative Controls and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), we can substantially reduce the risk. 



Symptom Screening, Testing,
Contact Tracing, Self-isolation, Vaccines 


Remote Work/Instruction

Engineering Controls

Plexiglass Barriers/Modified Work Spaces
Enhanced HVAC, Sanitation/Disinfection
Access Management

Administrative Controls

Physical Distancing
Staggered/Modified Work Schedules


Facial Coverings/Hand-washing