The Physical Facilities Management team (PFM) at Howard University plays a vital role in ensuring a clean environment to enhance the health and safety of the University community.

In addition to the environmental services work that will be conducted by the PFM and Thompson Facilities staff, all University stakeholders play a vital role in helping the PFM staff in maintaining a clean campus environment.

The following measures will be taken by PFM, as part of the building and grounds maintenance plan:

  • We will increase cleaning frequencies in buildings campus-wide and improve efficiency and effectiveness of microbial cleaning by utilizing electrostatic misting units - Clorox 360® - to combat COVID-19.
  • Site cleaning and disinfection guides and frequencies will be implemented for common areas and high touch surfaces targeting building entrances, restrooms, fitness areas, break rooms, conference rooms, hallways, elevators, stairways, and other transition spaces.
  • Increase the frequency of cleaning high touch areas will include door handles, elevator buttons, and handrails.
  • Additional EVS training and education of processes will be conducted.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be deployed in common and high traffic areas throughout campus, including egress points, workout facilities and high touch doors.
  • We will also deploy mobile hand sanitizing stations as the need arises.
  • We will increase the use of touch-free amenities: doors, faucets, lights, dispensers, trash containers, automatic toilet and urinal flushing.
  • Additional public health infographics will be posted throughout campus.
  • We will increase frequency in changing of air filters, increase the percentage of outside air and maintain positive building pressure.
  • For facilities that have been shut down for a prolonged period of time, ventilation and water systems will be checked for safety.
  • Elevators – Special attention will be given to cleaning and disinfection of all elevator surfaces due to their heavy usage and confined area. All vertical surfaces including interior and exterior doors and control panels will be disinfected.
  • Research Labs – normal detail cleaning and disinfection procedures will be followed when cleaning research labs.
  • At a minimum, all floors should be completely swept and or dust mopped, then either machine scrubbed or wet mopped completely with a neutral floor cleaner.
  • Disinfectant will be applied to all light switches and door handles, and empty trash receptacles and replace liners.
  • Please be mindful that disinfectants should NOT be sprayed directly on control panels to avoid possible electrical shock. Disinfectants should not be sprayed directly on electronics, as irreversible damage could be caused.

*Additional public health infographics will be posted throughout campus.