Buildings & Facilities

Environmental Control Procedures

EH&S develops Environmental Control Procedures to address the COVID-19 safety of specific Harvard University operations.

The Environmental Control Procedure list provides an overview of the current documents. Environmental Control Procedure documents are available through the Return to the Workplace Planning Team or by contacting your Designated Safety Officer (DSO).

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Building/Facilities Operations, Systems, & Management Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) and guidance on COVID-19 risk and safety approaches in buildings and work operations for building managers, operators, and other administrators.

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Remote Work Ergonomics

As a result of such a large portion of the Harvard University community transitioning to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be challenges when setting up an ergonomically correct remote workstation. To address this concern, EH&S has altered our Ergonomics Program resources and services to address the needs of the large new remote workforce.

For ergonomic-related assistance or questions, please contact your school/unit Designated Safety Officer (DSO) by completing a virtual ergonomic evaluation request.

Please visit the Ergonomics Program for more information and resources.



Audience: Building & Facility Managers/FMO Custodial

CD Number: CD072A

Guide for the safe storage and use of flammable hand sanitizer within Massachusetts.


Audience: Building Electrical Equipment Operators/Qualified Electrical Workers

CD Number: CD035B

Guidance to assist Harvard University Qualified Electrical Workers, or employees who may operate building electrical equipment, when choosing face coverings appropriate for specific tasks.


Audience: Residential Student Housing

CD Number: CD083A

Modified evacuation procedures for COVID-19 as well as cooking fire safety tips to reduce potential fire alarms.

Updated April 20, 2022

Audience: Campus-Wide

CD Number: CD048A

Frequently asked questions and guidance on COVID-19 risk and safety approaches in buildings and work operations for building managers, operators, and other administrators.


Audience: Campus-Wide

CD Number: CD015B

Assists procurement staff with identifying and purchasing masks across the entire campus. Includes a cloth face coverings supplement on fit and fabric.

The Face Coverings/Masks/Respirators: Selection & Procurement document is currently undergoing revisions. For questions concerning this topic, please contact EH&S directly.


Audience: HUHS/HUMS/HSDM Clinic

CD Number: CD074B

Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements for transporting COVID-19 patient samples for testing.

Updated September 7, 2021

Audience: Managers/Supervisors

CD Number: CD086B

This document provides interim guidance for supervisors responding to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis in the workplace. The flowchart includes roles, notifications, and steps to be taken in regard to cleaning and disinfection, communication to staff and building tenants, and handling related absences following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.


Audience: Building & Facility Managers

CD Number: CD046A

Reopening guidance for facility managers regarding water, pests, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) after prolonged facility shutdown/reduced operations.


Audience: Campus-Wide

CD Number: CD044B

Reusable safety glasses, goggles, and face shield information.


Audience: Departmental Administrators, Building Managers, & University Planners

CD Number: CD091B

The room ventilation calculator is designed to assist building managers when assessing room and space ventilation. This tool should be used in conjunction with Room and Space Use General Guidance: Masked Occupants. It includes masked occupant room use for various activity types, as well as unmasked occupant room use in spaces designated for eating and drinking.


Audience: Campus-Wide

CD Number: CD064B

Safety and procurement guidance on surface disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

This matrix provides a comprehensive look at regulatory requirements and guidance from Federal, State, and local government and official Harvard University sources to address COVID-19 related topics (e.g., face coverings, viral testing, quarantine, etc.) to help guide Harvard University planning.

The activity-specific recommendations and public health topic information previously found in the University Planning Information Matrix can now be found in Harvard University Guidance for On-Campus Activity.