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January 24, 2011

Violence in the Work Place

This entry should be read by both PERC Staff and Tech Squad Volunteers.

Hello Volunteers:

In light of recent events in Tucson, I have been asked to share with you an article published the U-M publication InsideView. Please click on the following link and read the article.


After reading the article, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Once again, thank you for all your excellent volunteer efforts.


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Flu Season is Here -- Masks Required!

This entry should be read by both PERC Staff and Tech Squad Volunteers.

Hello Volunteers:

Beginning at 7:00 a.m., Friday morning, January 21, members of the UMHS community (staff, students, volunteers) who have not been vaccinated against the flu are required to wear a protective mask during all face-to-face patient interactions or when entering a patient’s room.

This requirement applies to all members of the UMHS community (including volunteers!) who interact face-to-face with patients in any way. Face-to-face interaction includes entering a patient room for any job-related reason as well as checking patients in and out of U-M clinical facilities, and other types of patient-related activities.

The “masks on” requirement will remain in effect until the end of flu season. You will receive another message notifying you when masks are no longer required.

There are still opportunities to be vaccinated for free by visiting Occupational Health Services, located on the 3rd floor of the Med Inn Building. Occupational Health Services is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. If you have been vaccinated outside UMHS, be sure to provide proof of vaccination by faxing your information to OHS at (734)763-7405.

Those who have not been vaccinated and do not wear a mask when interacting with patients are considered to be out of compliance with this important safety policy. This requirement demonstrates to patients and visitors our strong commitment to protecting them from a virus that can cause serious illness in the most vulnerable.

If you have been vacinated but did not get a sticker for your ID badge, please let me know; I will get one for you.

If you would like additional information about the Flu Season Policy, please click on the following link: http://www.med.umich.edu/u/flu/

Thanks for your compliance with this important safety requirement.


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January 14, 2011

Recycle Initiative: "Recycle Write"

This entry should be read by both PERC Staff and Tech Squad Volunteers.

Hello and Happy New Year!

I want to share with you some information about a recycle program being initiated this year in which you may wish to participate. The program, Recycle Write!, allows U-M staff, students, faculty and volunteers to dispose of pens, pencils and markers in an evironmentally-responsible way. Each year, millions of writing instruments are needlessly discarded and end up in landfills. To right this wrong, U-M has partnered with eco-friendly innovator TerraCycle to bring the Recycle Write! program to our campus.

In addition to recycling old writing utensils into new products, TerraCycle will also donate $0.02 to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital for each item recycled through the Recycle Write! program!

Please click on the following link to see what items are acceptable and to learn more about the program.


If you are interested in participating, just bring any items you may have at home to the PERC; I will see that they are sent to the appropriate recycle location. I have placed a Recycle Write sign on a U-M plastic bag for recycle items.

If you have any questions, please let me know!


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