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
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 #
- Non-critical fieldwork must not be started.
- The Advice and information to the public about the novel coronavirus COVID-19 from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) must be followed.
- NTNU’s policies, procedures and advice in connection with the coronavirus (Covid-19) must be followed.
- NTNU’s HSE guidelines Fieldwork – for leaders and fieldwork - for participants must be followed.
- The number of people who take part in fieldwork must be reduced to an absolute minimum. At the same time, solitary work must be avoided (balance between infection risk and safety). The unit must establish procedures for maintaining contact with the people doing fieldwork.
- Neither students nor staff should participate in fieldwork if they have any kind of respiratory symptoms such as a cough or sore throat, or if they have a temperature, are ill in any other way, or are in quarantine.
- Public transport must generally be avoided.
- Participants must keep a distance of 2 metres between them during transport to the fieldwork location, during fieldwork, and if relevant in accommodation. When participants are out in the field there should be a distance of at least 1 metre between them and there should not be groups of more than five people.
Risk assessment, before fieldwork #
- Does the fieldwork need to be done, or can it be postponed? Fieldwork that can be postponed must be postponed.
- Fieldwork outside your own municipality must be considered especially carefully, both because of the risk of spreading infection and to avoid an extra burden on health services in other municipalities.
- 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 the fieldwork site? Must be weighed up against the requirements for social distancing and the risk of infection.
- Is it possible to carry out the fieldwork while minimizing the risk of infection?
- Sanitation and, if relevant, accommodation (living and eating conditions, including cleaning) are regarded as especially challenging in terms of infection risk.
- Is it possible to ensure adequate and available preparedness and emergency response capacity if adverse events occur?
- Is job rotation possible? (to avoid several participants getting sick at the same time)
- Time perspective?
- Guiding principles from the sponsor/contract partner for the fieldwork?