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Our Response | Coronavirus (COVID-19)


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Return to work procedures and expectations

In preparation for the state of Michigan and the university to begin allowing additional employees back on campus at a future and yet-to-be determined date, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF) staff have been working to ensure a safe and healthy return to work for all Spartans alongside our colleagues in Environmental Health and Safety; Facilities Planning and Space Management; and others.

Because MSU’s East Lansing campus has more than 100 occupied buildings that normally don’t sit vacant for weeks at a time, reopening buildings is not as simple as unlocking doors and flipping on the lights. That said, IPF teams are making every effort to make the return-to-work transition as safe, healthy and comfortable as possible for faculty and staff. 

Here are some key processes our teams are carrying out that I encourage you to share with your unit as appropriate:

Workspace Cleaning

IPF Custodial Services has been performing basic cleaning at least weekly in buildings that were closed, as well as normal cleaning services performed in those buildings that remain open.  

While cleaning, custodial staff are focusing first on the health of building occupants. Each worker has received extensive training and is equipped with special tools and products to perform their job, including the use of a germicidal cleaner and a backpack vacuum with HEPA-level filtration. Building touchpoints in occupied buildings are being cleaned multiple times a day. 

To increase its cleaning capacity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Custodial Services has purchased additional disinfecting equipment, including misting systems to clean areas more efficiently and effectively. We also are making cleaning solution and spray bottles available if requested so that building occupants can clean their own workspaces. Hand-sanitizer stations are being added throughout campus as well. 

Building water systems

As you may have seen in recent news reports nationally, water that sits unmoving in building pipes can become a health concern, which IPF staff are well aware of. To ensure that the water provided to building occupants is fresh and healthy, IPF custodial and maintenance staff members will be running building systems prior to the arrival of MSU employees. They have carefully reviewed and are following CDC guidance about reopening buildings.  

In some cases, staff may notice water discoloration when a faucet is first run due to naturally occurring minerals settling in pipes, which is not a health hazard. People should run the faucet for a few minutes until the water runs clear.

Building air quality

Since most employees began working remotely in mid-March, most building air circulation systems have been run minimally to conserve energy and reduce utility costs. Prior to a building being reoccupied, IPF Central Control will be running building air systems to bring in fresh air and will set temperatures to a comfortable level as recommended by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. If you have a significant number of employees returning to campus outside of an expected date, contact Central Control at to have appropriate air circulation schedules resume.

Vehicle fleet precautions

IPF Transportation Services is disinfecting all touchpoints on rented vehicles when they are returned, and before and after mechanical work is performed on the vehicle. Staff is wearing gloves and face coverings. 

IPF employee safety procedures

Because IPF employees, especially custodial and maintenance staff, circulate widely throughout campus, we have instituted a strict daily health screening, social distancing and other measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19 consistent with state and university requirements. IPF employees must wear face coverings and those working on campus already have received comprehensive workplace safety training about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Questions regarding IPF safety procedures, protocols or return to work expectations can be directed to



Kim Consavage installing Sparty mask

Kim Consavage, Landscape Services, installing face covering on Sparty statue.



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