Should individual employees be using the supplies request form to place PPE orders in order to conduct research and other activities specific to their research groups?
No. The COVID-19 Essential Supplies Request Form was not designed for individuals to order supplies. UMaine’s Emergency Operations Center supply chain was developed to document all supplies directly relate to the COVID 19 mitigation efforts. Depending how a division is organized, unit supervisors or above should be the only ones placing orders. Those orders should also intersect with your Return to Work plan and be based on calculated —not perceived — need. In addition, we cannot acquire items not listed under this process. All other expenditures need to follow regular channels.