Follow FAS COVID-19 guidance to drive and ride safely with others to and from the workplace

The COVID-19 Guide for FAS Staff was updated in summer 2021 and re-launched on Aug. 19, 2021, in an email to FAS employees from Senior Vice President Darrell Bazzell. The Guide includes important requirements and guidance for driving university vehicles and for carpooling to and from work sites.

Environmental Health and Safety Director John Salsman led updates to the vehicle use guidance. Salsman posed questions to FAS senior leaders about use of vehicles, how questions should be addressed and the appropriate level of management oversight regarding vehicle use. Salsman also reviewed work challenges reported while the previous FAS COVID-19 guidance regarding vehicle use was in place. In addition, Salsman consulted Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for shared spaces such as inside a vehicle.

"As with the entire guidance document, the emphasis is on getting vaccinated and voluntary wearing of masks," Salsman said. "More specific to vehicles, the key recommendations to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 are limiting the number of occupants to allow distancing and rolling down windows to ensure maximum fresh air."

Carts and Vehicles

Managers and supervisors should review schedules and tasks to ensure departmental vehicles can be used by a single person.

Departments should also develop a procedure for disinfecting all carts and vehicles before and after using them. Details about disinfection procedures and disinfectants can be found in the Procedures section of the Guide.

Riding with Others Between Work Locations

The FAS COVID-19 Guide describes in detail how to ride with others safely in various types of vehicles. The following information is also included in the Procedures section of the Guide. Drivers and passengers should follow this general guidance:

  • Masks are strongly encouraged, but optional. If you are not fully vaccinated or have a weakened immune system, masking is optional but highly recommended.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before entering the vehicle.
  • Leave an empty seat between you and other passengers on all four sides (front, back and side to side), if possible.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Where to Find the COVID-19 Guide for FAS Staff and Posters for Riding Safely

You can download English and Spanish versions of the Guide in addition to viewing the online version. Posters showing "How to Ride Safely in Carts and Vehicles" are available in English and Spanish, as well as other posters about topics addressed in the guide.