Guidelines for work in laboratories and workshops
Norvegian version: Retningslinje for arbeid i laboratorier og verksteder
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||06 July 2020|
|Effective until||Until further notice|
|Exempt from public access||No|
|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, letter from the Rector about returning to the Campus from 10 August 2020.|
|These guidelines are subject to||Policy 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 #
- NTNU’s guidelines during the Coronavirus pandemic and other relevant guidelines on health, safety and the environment (HSE) 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.
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.
- 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. 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. Avoid using sprays, because this will cause aerosol formation and swirling of dust/particles.
- 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 disinfection is needed the manager should order this from the custodial services (e-vaktmester).
- The manager should ensure disinfection of lab. benches, -sinks and -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.
- Tenants and others who don't have access to e-vakmester can contact the custodial services by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Change history #
Latest update 7 July 2020. For further updates, see the Norwegian version.