Safe and Physical Distancing - COVID19

The Safe and Physical Distancing Program straddles both Injury and Illness Prevention and Environment of Care programs.  Its aim is to ensure a safe, injury-free envrionment for employees, patients, and visitors across UCSF Health as we progress from COVID19 response to recovery.  The program includes elements that include but not limited to:

  • Risk assessments for safe and physical distancing using a checklist focused on administrative and environmental controls.
  • Surveillance activities using the mobile Inspect tool to survey patient-care areas.
  • Support for managers responsible for ensuring staff have a safe and healthful workplace.

INSPECT Survey Reports

Results of Inspect surveys were sent to department-designated responsible persons across patient care areas, laboratories, and ancillary services at all campus locations.  Responsible persons are expected to discuss non-compliant findings with department staff within seven days of receiving the results.

Responsible persons will continue to receive assistance from the Safety Office or their qualified designees to correct non-compliant findings identified in the report.  As report summaries are received, responsible persons must re-review the report and adjust non-compliant findings based on corrective actions that were executed or may be in progress.  The Safety Office may periodically run a report to identify any remaining non-compliant findings that may need further interventions.

MCSS Help Desk Tickets 

Customers who file service requests for "Safety Assessment" through MCSS will receive assistance from the Safety Office or their qualified designee.  Customers will receive a list of questions they need to answer and return, schedule a site visit, and participate in a site evaluation of their space.  Be prepared to discuss what COVID19 prevention measures are in place, such as staff training, signage, work from home (WFH), etc.  If the assessment shows that staff are unable to maintain sufficient physical distancing, overflow space requests should be escalated by the customer to their manager to determine if routing via the Safety Office to the UCSF Health Space Management workgroup, a separate workgroup working in partnership with Campus Space Management, is necessary.  

Barrier/Sneeze Guard/Plexiglass Installations

Barrier installations at patient care areas with check-in desks and at laboratory specimen drop-off/pick-up are currently being done by Facilities with priorities detemined for areas that meet the following criteria: high-traffic with the public, vendors check-in, specimen drop-off or pick-up, and payment locations such as dining areas and gift shops.  

Customers requesting barriers, sneeze guards, or partitions for staff communal areas must 
1)  speak with their Manager, then
2)  open a Safety Assessment MCSS Help Desk ticket
Opening a service ticket does not guarantee that any barrier, sneeze guard, or partition will be installed.




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