Updated training for employees with access to campus

February 11, 2021

This message was sent to all staff & faculty. 

Dear Colleagues,

We wanted to update you on essential COVID-19 training and other public health matters that affect our Berkeley community. But first, please be on the lookout for an email from University Health Services’ e-Tang portal giving you the opportunity to signup to receive your COVID-19 vaccination right here on campus. We are encouraging all our staff and faculty to take immediate advantage of this when they receive their email invitation.

Employees with continuing access to our campus and University buildings are required to complete an updated training: “EHS 207: Guidelines on Protecting Workers from COVID-19” Training (Revised 2/8/2021). This updated training includes critical information on the following:

  • Mandatory Community Testing for Employees

  • Information required by the COVID-19 prevention emergency regulation (8 CCR 3205)

  • Updated guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) 

  • Updated University of California policies to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 in the workplace

  • Updated Community Public Health Pledge

The updated training is required for all staff who are authorized to work on UC Berkeley property, including those who completed the original version of this course (published on 6/1/2020).

As a reminder, as of January 26, 2021, all employees who come to work (or study) on UC Berkeley property in the Bay Area (including central campus, Fourth Street, and the Richmond Field Station) are required to get tested for COVID-19. The only exception is for employees working alone on campus either less than an hour a day or who will be on campus not more than once per week (regardless of the length of time on campus). Note “employees” includes all faculty, staff, postdocs, and students who have permission to work on campus. Note, too, that this requirement for mandatory testing applies even to those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

University Health Services have updated information concerning the vaccine rollout at their dedicated webpage, which includes FAQ’s and the Tier chart showing vaccine prioritization.

We strongly encourage you to always remain safe and vigilant, especially over the long holiday weekend, by socially distancing, wearing masks, and not congregating with others outside your social bubble or household.

Thank you.
Eugene & Ben

Eugene Whitlock, Chief People and Culture Officer
Ben Hermalin, Vice Provost for the Faculty