Corona - Guidelines for fieldwork

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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 #

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?


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