The initial threat of COVID-19 also triggered increased cleaning measures throughout the hospitals. This required more — and, in some cases, new — cleaning supplies. According to McDonald, the cleaning solutions were delivered in 55-gallon barrels.
“We had to write completely original processes for the new types of flammable and hazardous materials coming into the hospitals,” McDonald said. “On top of that, we had to determine a safe place to store the large barrels.”
All of this required hours of research, labeling the new chemicals properly and writing the procedures for how employees should handle the materials safely.
The Safety department continues to collaborate with other areas across the organization and meet all requirements to maintain a healthy and safe environment for employees, patients and other visitors. UF Health is taking all necessary safety measures to help in the continued fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.