SB-2018-19-004: Bathroom Door Handles

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Senate Bill No.: 2018-19-004

Date: October 15, 2019

Authored by: Lower Division Senator Cailou Yigezu and University Affairs Committee Chairperson Basia Czarnecka

Referred to: University Affairs

Committee Rec: University Affairs

Senate Action: October 29, 2019

Title: Bathroom Door Handles

1. WHEREAS: The Associated Students, Inc. (AS) is the official voice of over 40,000 students at California State University Northridge; AND

2. WHEREAS: AS is the primary advocate for students at CSUN and provides excellent, meaningful programs and services designed to create and enhance a spirited, learning focused campus environment; AND

3. WHEREAS: AS is always trying to get more students involved and increase student participation within the many programs and services we offer; AND

4. WHEREAS: It is known that bathrooms have bacteria, especially on the door handles that are touched every time someone enters or leaves it; AND

5. WHEREAS: Some students use paper towels to open bathroom doors in order to avoid touching the door handle; AND

6. WHEREAS: The lack of paper towels in some bathrooms at CSUN, while sustainable, does not solve the problem of avoiding contact of germs and other bacteria; AND

7. WHEREAS: Many students have expressed that they use extra tissue paper to open a bathroom door because they do not want to have to touch the door after washing their hands; this kind of practice is counterproductive to the push for sustainability; AND

8. WHEREAS: Not all bathroom doors on campus are push doors; for example, in the USU: so this means students still have to touch the door to open it; AND

9. WHEREAS: Other companies and locations have begun to use door handles that are opened by pulling a lever with one’s forearm; THEREFORE LET IT BE

1. RESOLVED: We call upon the USU and other departments to implement doors that are push instead of pull; AND LET IT BE FURTHER

2. RESOLVED: That if there are doors that are mandated to be push doors due to fire safety regulations, that their handles be replaced with touch free handles; AND LET IT BE FURTHER

3. RESOLVED: That copies of this resolution be distributed widely, including but not limited to the following: • Jason Wang, Senior Director PPM • Ken Rozenthal, Associate VP Facilities and Operations • Jimmy Francis, Associate Executive Director USU