Carnegie Mellon University

This page is outdated! Please see the new Pandemic Safety Initiative webpage for up-to-date information.

Find the latest Information here.

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, including while alone in private offices or other campus spaces.
  • 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.