Occupational Risk Pyramid for COVID Testing

Arcadia University has created an occupational risk pyramid, based on an OSHA model, to categorize the risk level of University employee positions. The risk level depends on the duties performed, the length of time on campus, the type of activity, and the potential need for contact and / or interaction with others. Most Arcadia workers will fall in the lower or medium risk levels.

Very High Exposure Risk 

Employees in this category are those with a very high potential for exposure to known or suspected sources of COVID-19. At Arcadia, these employee positions would include staff members in Student Health Services or those involved in COVID-19 testing procedures, or those who are in buildings that are closed and not routinely cleaned. 

High Exposure Risk 

High exposure risk jobs are those with high potential for exposure to known or suspected sources of COVID-19. They require frequent and/or close contact with (i.e., within 6 feet of) people who may be infected with COVID-19 but who are not known or suspected COVID-19 patients. At Arcadia, these employee positions include staff members who will be on campus two or more days per week or who spend more than four hours per day on campus; who perform collaborative work bringing people in close contact; whose activities and duties involve moving among workstations; who have longer periods of contact with others; who work indoors; whose duties include any aspect of increased respiratory effort (vocal projections including but not limited to singing, performing, lecturing, wind instruments, etc.); or those who are in buildings that are closed and not routinely cleaned. 

Medium Exposure Risk 

Medium exposure risk jobs include those that may require frequent and/or close contact with (i.e., within 6 feet of) people infected with COVID-19 but who are not known or suspected COVID-19 patients. Arcadia employee positions that fall into this risk tier include those who spend 1-3 hours on campus or who visit campus 1-2 times per week; employees who perform outdoor work; those who, through their duties, work mostly independently with brief contact with others; those who share a workspace with others without interactions; or those who are in buildings that are officially open and routinely cleaned. 

Lower Exposure Risk 

Lower exposure risk jobs are those that do not require contact with people known to be or suspected of being infected with COVID-19 or frequent close contact with (i.e., within 6 feet of) the general public. Arcadia staff positions that fall into this category are those that require employees to spend less than an hour a week on campus, or who visit campus 1-2 times per month; those who perform independent work with no or infrequent contact with others; those who remain at a workspace or station without others; those who perform outdoor work activity without contact with others; or those who are in buildings that are officially open and routinely cleaned.

How to Use this Pyramid

Note: Those which do not fit in a level for one of these categories will be considered on an individual basis. Individuals should be classified in the Risk Level for which they have the highest criteria. Exceptions may occur on an individual level as appropriate.

The Risk Pyramid for Testing should be used in conjunction with other Arcadia COVID response guidelines and criteria such as the Arcadia Operational Tiers.






Criteria

Frequency on campus

Length of stay/visit

Contact with others

Activity type

Locations visiting on campus

  1. Use Arcadia Operational Tiers to determine faculty and staff who need to have access to campus. 
  2. Use the criteria described in the Risk Pyramid above to classify individuals according to their risk level.
    1. Default to the higher risk level if an individual has characteristics that put them in more than one risk category.

  3. In conjunction with University priorities and resources, COVID transmission rates on campus and in the local community, and testing capacity, identify the risk levels that will require testing. It is not necessary nor appropriate to test all individuals with access to campus. Those with lower risk levels may be more appropriate for use of risk reduction measures rather than COVID surveillance testing. 

    1. In AU Operational Tiers 1 and 4, testing is limited to symptomatic and contact/exposure for students, thus surveillance testing for employees is not applicable.  In AU Operational Tiers 2 and 3, employees in the lowest risk level would not be incorporated into the surveillance testing process. Employees in the moderate-, high-, and very high-risk levels would be integrated into the surveillance testing system, provided there is enough testing capacity. If testing capacity cannot handle all employees in those three risk levels, those in the moderate risk level without contact with students will be excluded from surveillance testing AND will integrate mitigation measures to reduce their risk.

    2. Integrate those individuals identified for testing into the most applicable testing process (e.g., Broad Institute, IHA, rapid). 

    3. Incorporate risk reduction measures as appropriate for those individuals not integrated into the testing process (e.g., remote or virtual work, staggering of schedules for use of campus spaces). 

Anyone who is approved to be on campus has agreed to surveillance testing for COVID-19.  As per our health and safety guidelines and those from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you must isolate if you test positive. You may schedule your testing each week using this system. 

Weekly Surveillance Testing 

The below link allows Arcadia community members to schedule a weekly test as part of the University COVID testing system. 




For Students

For Employees 

Questions or Concerns?

For residential and commuter students with clearance to be on campus. 

 

If you have been approved through Human Resources, you will need to be tested weekly. 

Any Arcadia community member (students and employees) who have questions can contact COVIDCareTeam@arcadia.edu

COVID-19

Contact Information

Any Arcadia community member (students and employees) who has questions can contact COVIDCareTeam@arcadia.edu.