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 and re-opening.  The program includes the following elements but is 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.

Relaxing Safe and Physical Distancing Guidelines 

UCSF Health monitors safe work practices and conditions to provide continuous support during the pandemic.  Relaxation of Safe and Physical Distancing Guidelines depends on the current climate (e.g., %Tier 1A UCSF Health is fully vaccinated, COVID-19 infection rates, color of re-opening tier such as purple, red, orange, or yellow, etc.) and criteria as defined by governing groups across both the medical center and campus environments, aligned with guidance and requirements set by federal, state, and local authorities.

UCSF Health adopted a phased-in approach for the relaxation of safe and physical distancing restrictions in hospital buildings (505 Parnassus, 1600 Divisadero, 1855 4th Street, and 1975 4th Street).  Please refer to UCSF Health Guidance for Masking and Physical Distancing and Frequently-Asked Questions.  

UCSF Health has not relaxed masking and safe-distancing guidance for staff-only break rooms where masks are removed to consume food or drink.  Follow guidelines in the UCSF Health Guidance for Masking and Physical Distancing and Frequently-Asked Questions.

UCSF Health has not relaxed guidance for safe and physical distancing in areas serving the public such as waiting rooms or surgical waiting areas (SWA).  In these rooms, all* individuals must wear a mask over nose and mouth and maintain six feet of distance when feasible.  (*Select peds and those with proof they are medically contraindicated may be exempt.)

Return to Work - After March 1, 2022

UCSF Health staff returning to on-site work after March 1, 2022 are advised to first consult with their managers to verify they have completed COVID-19 Prevention training accessible via UC Learning Center. 

To consult with the Safety Office about the workspace you will use upon returning to work after March 1, please open an MCSS Help Desk ticket under "Safety Assessment" and describe in detail your needs and concerns.  Please add your manager's name to the watch list of the ticket prior to submission.

INSPECT Survey Reports

Results of Inspect surveys are 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.





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