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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. 

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Elimination/Containment

Symptom Screening, Testing, Contact Tracing, Self-isolation 

Substitution

Remote Work/Instruction

Engineering Controls

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

Administrative Controls

Physical Distancing
Staggered/Modified Work Schedules
Communications/Training/Signage

PPE

Facial Coverings/Hand-washing