Personal Protective Equipment and Supplies
During the current situation, personal protective equipment and disinfection supplies may be difficult to order, orders may be canceled, or departments may experience long lead times. As departments plan for resumption of operations, please consider the following guidance:
Timeframe and Use Rates
While none of us know exactly when campus operations will resume or to what degree, it may be helpful to think in 30/60/90-day timeframes. Please do not hoard supplies and consider slowly restoring reserves over several months. Departments should carefully calculate anticipate weekly use rates in order to make accurate requests of a 2-3 week supply.
Current Availability (5/19/2020)
Please check this page weekly as items may change as the market becomes less restrictive.
Unrestricted Items - Departments may order on the marketplace as needed but may have longer lead times due to intermittent supply disruptions
- Nitrile and vinyl gloves
- Isopropanol and ethanol for disinfecting lab surfaces
- Cloth face coverings (Please see these requirements for CDC requirements for cloth face coverings. Contact EHS for examples of products that meet these requirements)
Restricted Items (Contact EHS as items are being sourced and procured centrally through EHS)
- Disposable surgical masks/face coverings
- Disposable surgical gowns
- Hand sanitizer bottles (requests to have dispensers in public areas refilled should be referred to the Facilities Service Center at 8-8000)
- Disinfectant wipes (Laboratories: Please see the guidance below on disinfecting lab surfaces rather than using commercially available disinfectant wipes)
- N95 and other air purifying respirators
Items with Extremely Low Availability (Contact EHS for availability)
- Disposable face shields
- Disposable eye shields
Procurement can assist
Departments may experience shortages or delays for items not identified here. Departments may identify suppliers they are interested in working with for the hard-to-find items (which may require evaluation of samples by EHS, or the available volume may satisfy other department’s needs). Suppliers may require higher risk terms and conditions such as a significant payment at time of order.
Should any of these be the case, please contact Procurement.
Guidance for Disinfection of Lab Surfaces
Laboratory members are responsible for developing plans to promote good laboratory hygiene by regularly disinfecting common laboratory areas and touch points (e.g., doorknobs, sink handles, freezer doors, telephones) within the laboratory space.
SARS-CoV-2 should be inactivated with most common EPA-registered household disinfectants including solutions that contain:
- 62 – 90% Ethanol or isopropanol (70% recommended)
- 1-5% bleach in water solutions (made fresh daily)
- >0.5% Hydrogen Peroxide.
If you wish to use other disinfectants, please select from this list: