Temporary guidelines for necessary work in laboratories due to corona

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Norvegian version: Retningslinje for nødvendig arbeid i laboratorier 

Guidelines for work in laboratories and workshops #

The guidelines apply to NTNU employees, students and partners who have activities on campus #

Type of documentGuidelines
Managed byCentral emergency response management
Approved byCentral emergency response manager
Effective date18 May 2020
Effective untilUntil further notice
Exempt from public accessYes
ReferenceThe Government’s central policy of 12 May 2020 - "Ytterligere åpning av universiteter og høyskoler (Extended opening of university colleges and universities"
Reference internal documentsIncident management related to Covid 19 in central emergency response management
These guidelines are subject toPolicy for emergency response capacity

Because of infection control and cleaning, we request you to respect closed areas.Thank you for contributing to our joint efforts!

The Government’s central policy of 12 May 2020 - "Ytterligere åpning av universiteter og høyskoler" – forms the basis for these guidelines.  

 General requirements #

Use of protective equipment #

  • Personal protective equipment must only be used by 1 person
  • Protective equipment that will be used more than once must as far as possible be cleaned/disinfected after use and stored in an airtight box/bag when it is not in use.
  • If protective equipment must be used by more than one person, it must always be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before and after use. Each user must do this themselves (see the section on cleaning below)
  • If personal protective equipment is not available: A risk assessment must be done to identify which tasks can still be performed

Cleaning #

  • Regular cleaning must be done in accordance with the agreement between the unit and Campus Services Division. The unit must consider the need for extra cleaning (type of cleaning and frequency). Contact the Campus Services Division.
  • The user must ensure cleaning and, where applicable, disinfectionof equipment, especially equipment that is used by more than one person, surfaces, and touch points, immediately after completing the work. The general rule is that cleaning agents (detergent) and water must be applied with a cloth, preferably a disposable cloth (microfibre). Disinfectants (for example alcohol-based agents with 70% ethanol) can then be applied as needed. Examples of equipment and areas: 
    • Instruments, machines, tools, etc.
    • Flasks, bottles, pipettes, etc.
    • Touch screens, keyboards, mouse, microphone, switches, handles and other frequently touched items
    • Surfaces: workbenches, door handles, cupboard doors, fume hoods, fume cupboards, shelves, etc.
    • Protective equipment that must be used by more than one person
  • Remove unnecessary papers, books and other items from worktops and tables. Consider replacing equipment with alternatives that are easier to clean/disinfect. Plastic wrap can be used to cover keyboards and mice, for example. This must be replaced between each user.

Waste management #

Avoid using sprays, because this will cause aerosol formation and swirling of dust/particles.

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