The University of Cincinnati Workspace Area Social Distancing
COVID-19 Office Space Safety Guidance and Smart Practices
Departmental Approval Process
Each unit is responsible for developing a physical workspace area assessment to meet mandated
workplace social distancing requirements. All areas should be modified using existing facilities
and equipment coupled with changes to daily, weekly, and/or other staffing assignments. All
changes and/or modifications to staffing schedules and workspace areas must be approved by
the respective Vice President or their designee. Note: the goal for every workspace assessment
is unit operations efficiency while prioritizing employee health and safety which includes
minimizing the number of employees returning to campus.
The Ohio Department of Health has launched Responsible Restart Ohio based on five protocols
for all businesses that included sector specific operating requirements.
Five Protocols for all Businesses:
1. Require facial coverings for all employees and clients/customers at all times.
The University of Cincinnati requires that all employees wear facial coverings, except for
the following exceptions and/or as determined by UC Human Resources:
Facial coverings in the work setting are prohibited by law or regulation
Facial coverings are in violation of documented industry standards
Facial coverings are not advisable for health reasons
Facial coverings are in violation of the business’s documented safety policies
Facial coverings are not required when the employee works alone in an assigned
work area or vehicle
There is a functional (practical) reason for an employee not to wear a facial
covering in the workplace