The Dallas College Facilities Management team meets regularly to ensure Dallas College locations remain safe for students, employees and visitors. A facilities checklist is utilized, containing actionable procedures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Facilities Management has determined which common areas and departmental areas will be regularly cleaned and disinfected by Dallas College cleaning contractors. In addition to common areas, the departmental areas include, but are not limited to, workstation surfaces, trash receptacles, handrails, door handles and more.
Dallas College and its cleaning contractors have verified supply chains for necessary cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment and paper products.
Spot Cleaning Procedures After Face-to-Face Interaction
This guidance is intended for advisors, tutors, library staff, computer lab associates and any other staff members who meet with students or community members on campus.
While vendors have been contracted to thoroughly clean at scheduled times daily throughout campuses, spot cleaning after in-person contact can also have a significant impact. It is recommended that Dallas College employees clean and disinfect all areas after face-to-face interaction, focusing on frequently touched surfaces, including but not limited to:
- Touch Screens (with an appropriate cleaning product)
- Plexiglass surfaces (with an appropriate cleaning product)
Cleaning supplies are available in a shared supply cart in the area in which you are servicing students. Supervisors are responsible for the daily management and distribution of these supplies, and they should reach out to facilities if the items are not available or need to be replenished.
Dallas College’s contracted custodial partners will continue to deep clean and disinfect the campuses. These partners employ EPA approved detergents and surface cleaners, and they sanitize buildings with electro-static misters. All buildings are cleaned on a prescribed schedule, in coordination with Dallas College Facilities Management, and are sanitized six days per week, with high touch areas being sanitized a minimum of four times per day.
Health and Safety Protocol Signage
Dallas College has installed signage around all locations to promote health and safety protocols such as social distancing, wearing a face covering and hand washing, along with additional signage indicating off-limit areas and maximum occupancy in areas such as restrooms, elevators and stairwells.
Hand Sanitizer Stations
Dallas College will continue utilizing freestanding hand sanitizing stations in various locations, as long as hand sanitizer continues to be available through Dallas College vendors.
It is important to note that unlike soap, hand sanitizer may not remove harmful chemicals such as pesticides and heavy metals. Hand sanitizer also may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy. In these circumstances, hand washing with soap and water is recommended as it will more effectively remove germs, pesticides and metals.
Dallas College is following recommended HVAC setting guidelines from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). HVAC settings at each Dallas College location have been adjusted to increase relative humidity and bring in as much outside air as possible, with those efforts detailed below.
- AHU supply air temperature setpoint: 55-58 df
- Zone cooling setpoint: 74 df
- OA damper position:
- If outside air dewpoint is greater than 60 df, 20%
- If outside air dewpoint is less than 60 df, up to 100%
- Run 100% for 2 hours prior to occupancy with mechanical cooling active
- Eliminate exhaust fan activity if air handlers and chilled water not active; no 24/7 exhaust fan operation
- Eliminate air handler operation if chiller is inactive
- Operate buildings with positive pressure with respect to outdoor air
ASHRAE and IFMA state the no level of MERV filter, including HEPA filters, will catch or filter COVID-19. As such, Facilities Management will continue to change location HVAC filters at its normal frequency.