Carnegie Mellon University's Pandemic Safety Initiative is comprised of two distinct roles, the Pandemic Safety Officer (PSO) and the Community Pandemic Safety Ambassador (CPSA). Both roles serve as resources to the CMU community, assist in the COVID-19 mitigation strategy and assist in Return-to-Campus efforts.
Community Pandemic Safety Ambassador
Community Pandemic Safety Ambassador (CPSA) is a voluntary program intended to support the university’s COVID-19 risk mitigation strategy and report instances that do not follow its guidelines. A CPSA is to serve as a resource of information, monitor responsible areas to identify needs and submit requests for assistance or supplies. In addition to the existing roles and responsibilities of a PSO within their respective department or unit, a CPSA will support the campus community in common areas and classrooms, perform health and cleaning spot-checks and assist the campus community implement physical distancing.
Pandemic Safety Officer
A Pandemic Safety Officer (PSO) is an individual identified by their Department head or supervisor to assist with the development, support and regular reviews of their organization's Return to Campus Plan. A PSO ensures that colleagues have the information and resources to comply with the minimum Return to Campus requirements.
Pandemic Safety Officer (PSO) Everyday Best Practices
PSOs will lead by example and help colleagues understand they have a responsibility to demonstrate these everyday best practices:
- Ensure that colleagues understand and comply with the university's Return to Campus Work Minimum Requirements.
- Maintain a physical presence on campus during the work day when authorized department personnel are on campus. If this is not always feasible, conduct regular check-points with department personnel.
- Wear a facial covering (sufficient to cover the nose and mouth) at all times - both inside and outside of buildings.
- Practice physical distancing by maintaining 6 feet of distance between you and others.
- Avoid touching your face, including the eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home if you are feeling ill.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching high-contact surfaces or coughing and sneezing.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (60% alcohol) when soap and water is not available.
- Use your own equipment (e.g., phones, computers, desks) and refrain from sharing or using equipment belonging to others.
- Take special care when using common and shared equipment, such as printers.
- Avoid activities that require multiple individuals to handle materials such as paper handouts, cash transactions, credit cards, if at all possible.
- Frequently clean and disinfect high-contact surfaces and personal office spaces such as desks, keyboards, phones, and common equipment.