OCC prepares personal protective equipment for spring semester

A sign reminding entrants of the mask mandate hangs on the door of a Geography Lab in the new Literature Languages and Social Sciences building at OCC. 

Orange Coast College is making personal protective equipment accessible across campus as a part of its COVID-19 safety measures. The school will be expecting a full return of students during the spring semester. 

According to the Coast Community College District’s COVID-19 Prevention Program, the college will provide surgical masks for employees, students and visitors. The district’s COVID-19 Prevention Program intends to control exposure to COVID-19 and is compliant with the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, which is a part of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.  

“At the beginning of the semester when we received the list of all of the classrooms that were going to be occupied,” OCC Director of Human Resources Rebecca Morgan said. “Maintenance and operations delivered disposable masks, hand sanitizers, wipes, and disinfectant spray to each one.”.   

If anyone on the OCC staff needs more personal protective equipment, they can fill out an automatic request form for maintenance and operations or make a request to their respective division offices.  

“As long as you are a staff member, faculty, or work anywhere on campus, you are able to submit a request via the FootPrints work order system,” said Rick Garcia, the Director of Maintenance and Operations at OCC.  

The school first purchased personal protective equipment by means of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Additionally, the California Office of Emergency Systems (OES) was looking to distribute as much PPE as possible to schools.

“Cal OES gave us an additional $70,000 worth of personal protective equipment,” Garcia said.  

Garcia also states that 800,000 masks were distributed around campus as some students and faculty returned for the fall semester.  

“We are trying our best to make sure that we don’t restrict anybody from personal protective equipment. If they request it, we will deliver it in abundance because we want to make sure that people are safe, and it helps us to make less distributions,” Garcia said.  

The school delivers triple the number of masks that are requested by faculty members to ensure that they are stocked for a long period of time.  

“We are all family here at OCC,” Garcia said.  “We do what we have to do to take care of one another.”  

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