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.

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?

Contact #

Type of documentGuidelines
Managed byHSE Section
Approved byHead of HSE Section
Last update24 March 2021
Effective untilApril 2021
Exempt from public accessNo
Reference internal documents

Rector’s memo 10 November 2020  “Fysisk tilstedeværelse på campus – om hjemmekontor og digitale møter under koronapandemien” [“Physical presence on campus – about working from home and online meetings during the coronavirus pandemic”]

These guidelines are subject to: Policy for emergency response capacity
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