Temporary guidelines for necessary work in laboratories due to corona
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 document||Guidelines|
|Managed by||Central emergency response management|
|Approved by||Central emergency response manager|
|Effective date||18 May 2020|
|Effective until||Until further notice|
|Exempt from public access||Yes|
|Reference||The Government’s central policy of 12 May 2020 - "Ytterligere åpning av universiteter og høyskoler (Extended opening of university colleges and universities"|
|Reference internal documents||Incident management related to Covid 19 in central emergency response management|
|These guidelines are subject to||Policy 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 #
- NTNU’s guidelines for physical attendance on campus and other relevant guidelines on health, safety and the environment (HSE) must be followed.
- The article from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health on workplace advice, including colleges and universities must be followed
- Existing measures for laboratories and workshops, such as requirements for using personal protective equipment and fume cupboards, must be followed.
- Thorough hand washing (with soap and water) or hand disinfection must be performed before waste bags or bins are handled. Instruments and equipment must be cleaned before they are taken out of the laboratory or workshop.
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
- 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 #
- Ordinary waste: Tie waste bags. If applicable, arrange waste collection with the Campus Services Division.
- The unit itself is responsible for ensuring that hazardous and infectious waste is transported to the relevant refuse storage area. NTNU’s guidelines for hazardous, infectious and radioactive waste must be followed, including procedures for declaration and ordering waste collection. The unit must make arrangements with Norsk Gjenvinning AS for collection of waste and specify whom Norsk Gjenvinning AS must contact when they arrive to collect waste.
Avoid using sprays, because this will cause aerosol formation and swirling of dust/particles.