Corona - Guidelines for fieldwork

In fieldwork, students and staff collect data or carry out tasks in their discipline. Fieldwork takes place outside NTNU’s ordinary environment for work and learning.

Norsk versjon: Retninglinjer for feltarbeid

For NTNU employees, students and associates, who participate in field trips.

These guidelines also apply to field courses, research voyages (fieldwork expeditions on vessels/ships/boats), student assignments outside NTNU’s premises, on-site inspection, and excursions/business and industry visits.

Ordinary work-related travel is not regarded as fieldwork.

Students who participate in fieldwork are regarded as employees and are covered by provisions of the Working Environment Act – see Section 1 of the regulations of the Working Environment Act for persons who are not employees (only in norwegian)


General requirements #


Risk assessment, before fieldwork #

  • Fieldwork outside your own municipality must be considered especially carefully. Several municipalities have established their own guidelines to reduce the risk of infection. How will this affect the fieldwork project?
  • How will the participants get to and from the fieldwork site? This must be weighed against the requirements for social distancing and the risk of infection.
  • How is the opportunity to maintain good hand hygiene? Is it necessary to bring water and soap, or any means for hand disinfection?
  • How does a participant get home if he or she develops symptoms of acute respiratory infection, or suspects Covid-19? In such cases, public transport should be avoided.
  • Sanitation and, if relevant, accommodation (living and eating conditions, including cleaning) are regarded as especially challenging in terms of infection risk.
  • Is job rotation possible? (to avoid several participants getting sick at the same time).
  • How long will the fieldwork last?
  • Are there guiding principles from the sponsor/contract partner for the fieldwork?

Change history #

6 July 2020

The guideline is substantially shortened and more closely linked to the guideline for physical presence on campus. The reason is that there will be many of the same measures that apply to the two guidelines. The points under "Risk assessment, before field work" are updated.

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