The combined Gross Square Footage (GSF) of area that the Academic Custodial Work Unit is responsible for totals 1,581,529 GSF. This means there are 35 custodians, each cleaning an average of 45,186 gross square feet daily.
Although both Academic Custodial and Residential Living Custodial share similar functions and goals to promote a clean and safe campus at UWSP, there are a few distinctions based on the facilities and modes of operation each department functions with.
Academic Custodial services campus from 5:00am to 10:30pm weekdays during the academic year. During the summer, the schedule changes to 5:00am to 9:00pm.
Q: If there is a blood spill, what should I do?
Any blood spills on floors or fixtures constitute a possible hazard, possibly Hepatitis A or C, HIV, etc. and needs to be treated as a universal precaution. This means that people on campus that have been specifically trained to clean up and dispose of blood or bodily fluid spills safely and effectively to prevent any hazardous contagion or condition. All Academic Custodians have received this training from UWSP Risk Management
and can help.
Q: Does Academic Custodial lock / unlock doors for people?
Academic Custodial personnel unlock the buildings we clean in the morning, usually around 5:00am, except for a few special buildings where the building staff open doors later in the morning. Academic Custodial staff opens doors to rooms for cleaning purposes only. They are not authorized to open, lock or secure doors to any classrooms, department offices, or secured area. Permission to enter authorized or locked areas can be obtained from the department that directs the room or area, or by calling Protective Services.
Custodial staff follows this procedure: if a door is locked when they enter to clean, they relock it when their cleaning is completed. If the room is not locked when they enter to clean, they will not lock the door as they exit. Academic Custodial staff, as well as all UWSP employees or students should call Protective Services for any emergencies or suspicious behavior.
Furthermore, prior to entering any private office, our employees are instructed to knock first and announce their entry. If they do not hear an audible response, they assume that they are able to enter. The practice of entering a room without knocking should never occur in non-public areas.
Staff is trained to knock and announce their presence when entering to clean a restroom of the opposite gender. If anyone is using the facility, they are instructed to wait until they are finished. Staff will also block off the door of the entrance to a restroom while cleaning.
Custodial staff is trained to never interrupt a meeting, walk into a meeting or active class, or enter an office where it is obvious that business is being conducted. They are instructed to come back but never to intrude.
Q: Does your staff clean office desks, book shelves, furniture or fixtures?
Only when an office is vacated or personal possessions are moved or stored. As a rule, Academic Custodial staff does not clean personal items, including personal carpets or rugs, pictures and furniture so that they are not subject to damage. Academic Custodial cleaning chemicals and applicators are compatible with commercial carpeting and furnishings, and should not be used on personal items.
Q: What should I do for a job requiring a furniture move?
For any office or furniture moves, please submit a work order
or call x4219. All moves should be scheduled, planned, and communicated as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that empty desks, cabinets, shelves, and other furniture are safer to move than full items, therefore please have these items emptied before the move. Many of the newer modular office furniture may need disassembly, so please plan accordingly. Always plan to have space for storage of office materials during any project or moves. Corridors are not a safe or secure place to store your items.
Q: What types of supplies / items do you provide?
Academic Custodial can offer the use of a limited number of tables, chairs and staging components for events, please contact Conference & Reservations for further information.
Academic Custodial provides consumables such as toilet paper, paper toweling and hand soap for the public restrooms on campus. If these items need attention, please call x4219.
Q: What do I do if a light is not working?
The Maintenance work unit of Facility Services provides light bulbs for all public; non-specialty areas. Please submit a work order or call x4219 to report any lighting issues. The work order is then directed to the Facility Services Maintenance staff by the Facility Services Work Control Center.