Guidelines for work in laboratories and workshops

(Videresendt fra Temporary guidelines for necessary work in laboratories due to corona)

Norvegian version: Retningslinje for arbeid i laboratorier og verksteder

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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 date06 July 2020
Effective untilUntil further notice
Exempt from public accessNo
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, letter from the Rector about returning to the Campus from 10 August 2020.
These guidelines are subject toPolicy for emergency response capacity.

The Government’s central policy of 12 May 2020 – "Ytterligere åpning av universiteter og høyskoler" – forms the basis for these guidelines. The Campus will be reopened from 10 August 2020, according to the Rector's Rector's letter. See also NTNU’s guidelines for infection control and steps to reduce transmission.

General requirements #

Special requirements #

Faculty of Natual Sciences: Retningslinje for gjennomføring av laboratoriekurs under korona-pandemien

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences: Retningslinje for smittevern i forbindelse med ferdighetstrening og simuleringsøvelser

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 that can still be performed.

Cleaning #

  • The Campus Services Division will clean according to their procedures
  • The user must ensure cleaning and, where applicable, disinfection of equipment, especially equipment that is used by more than one person, surfaces, and touch points, immediately after completing the work. 
  • 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.
  • If it is strongly suspected or confirmed that a student or employee that has been working in the lab or workshop has developed COVID-19, contact the HSE-section (Tel. +47 48 40 90 65) to assess the need of disinfection of the lab or workshop. 
  • The manager should ensure disinfection of lab. benches, -sinks  and special equipment. This should be done before campusservice performs disinfection. The manager has the responsibility for organizing this and having a dialoque with the custodial services. 

Change history #

Latest update 11. August 2020. For further updates, see the Norwegian version.

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