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Procedure for students regarding autumn 2020 in connection with covid-19

Østfold University College works systematically to prevent and control infection. 

According to section 3-1 of the Norwegian Working Environment Act: Requirements regarding systematic health, environment and safety work (the internal control regulations), the employer shall ensure that systematic health, environment and safety work is performed at all levels of the undertaking – including infection prevention and control work.

Objective

Reopen Østfold University College and ensure continuity in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19. This will be achieved by allowing most employees to come to campus, but with more flexibility to work from home than previously. At the same time, necessary measures will be maintained to slow down transmission and limit the spread of COVID-19. 

Scope

This procedure applies to both of Østfold University College’s campuses. The procedure must be adapted to both campuses’ activities, risk factors and size to the extent necessary to ensure compliance with requirements laid down in or pursuant to the health, environment and safety legislation.

Responsibility

The Director of the University College is responsible for planning, implementing and documenting what is being done in respect of infection prevention. The University College’s Health and Safety Officer provides assistance in this work.

General hygiene measures

The measures are described on a separate webpage to ensure consistency among all the various procedures.

Go to “General hygiene measures”.

Procedure

Planning

Østfold University College is reopening campus for employees, students and visitors from 18 June 2020.

The goal is to gradually return to normal operations. This will be done as follows: 

Familiarise yourself with the general hygiene measures at Østfold University College. See our webpages: https://www.hiof.no/om/aktuelt/aktuelle-saker/2020/informasjon-om-coronaviruset.html.

We monitor developments on campus daily and will assess the situation on an ongoing basis              

All students must complete the e-learning course on infection prevention and control.

Implementation

In this situation, it is essential to adhere to all the hygiene routines before, during and after the visit:

Opening hours

Østfold University College is operating with normal opening hours.

Before you come to campus

  1. Wash your hands before leaving home.
  2. Bring as little equipment and books with you as possible.

Once you are on campus

  1. Wash or disinfect your hands and your mobile phone on arrival on campus.

During your visit

Follow the general hygiene measures. Keep a good distance from other people – at least one metre.

General hygiene measures during the visit:

Hand disinfection

  • Hand sanitiser is placed in places where there are no hand washing facilities (for example, in classrooms, changing rooms, at entrances and by canteens).

Contact surfaces

  • Use your access card instead of a finger if you need to enter an access code.
  • Avoid touching frequently touched surfaces.
  • Wherever possible, use your elbow to open doors.
  • How frequently contact surfaces need to be cleaned and disinfected depends on the use of the premises.

https://www.fhi.no/nettpub/coronavirus/rad-og-informasjon-til-andre-sektorer-og-yrkesgrupper/rengjoring-og-desinfeksjon-ved-covid-19-til-sektorer-utenfor-helsetjenesten/?term=&h=1.

Cleaning

  • Disinfect your mobile phone and computer keyboard regularly. 
  • Shared tablets, computers and keyboards must be disinfected before and after use.
  • Surfaces on shared desks and work surfaces must be washed by the individual user before and after use. 
  • Disinfect your mobile phone and computer keyboard regularly. 
  • Disinfectant and paper towels are available at disinfection stations in or near photocopying rooms, group rooms, teaching rooms, auditoriums, shared offices and meeting rooms.

Toilets

  • Toilets are cleaned daily and disinfected several times during the day.

Hot drinks stations

  • The one-metre distancing rule MUST be observed.
  • Disinfect your hands before and after using coffee machines and handling coffee pots,  crockery, etc.
  • Disinfect any surfaces you have touched.

Common areas

  • Spend as little time as possible in busy areas.
  • When frequenting common areas, for example at lunch time, students must be able to comply with the general infection prevention and control procedures. This means that numbers must be restricted so that one-metre distancing is possible. 
  • Shared frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, toilets, washbasins, payment terminals, stair handrails, armrests, table tops and other objects and surfaces that are frequently touched are cleaned several times a day by the Section for Cleaning Services. 

Microwave ovens

  • Disinfect or wash your hands before and after use.
  • The individual user must disinfect the microwave oven before and after use: Disinfect your hands, wipe the front and the buttons on the oven with disinfectant and a paper towel.
  • Disinfectant and paper towels are available from special disinfection stations.

Vending machines

  • Disinfect or wash your hands before and after use.
  • The individual must disinfect the vending machine before and after use.
  • Disinfectant and paper towels are available from special disinfection stations.
  • Use an object, such as a bank card, to operate the display.

Water dispensers

  • Disinfect or wash your hands before and after use
  • When getting water, it is essential that the mouth of the bottle does not touch the tap and that all infection prevention and control precautions are taken.
  • The individual must disinfect the button on the dispenser before and after use. There are disinfection stations with disinfectant and paper towels in all the common areas.
  • Make sure that the mouth of the bottle does not touch the tap.

Billiards tables

  • Disinfect or wash your hands before and after use.
  • The individual must wipe the cues, balls and edges of the table with disinfectant before and after use. 
  • Adhere to the one-metre distancing rule.
  • Disinfectant and paper towels are available from special disinfection stations.
  • Billiards cues must be picked up from the Service Centre, where they are disinfected and stored.

Table tennis

  • Disinfect your hands before and after use.
  • The individual must disinfect all contact surfaces before and after use. Disinfect your hands, and wipe the table, rackets and balls with disinfectant.
  • Maintain a distance of two metres – you are likely to get hot and sweaty quite quickly.
  • Disinfectant and paper towels are available from special disinfection stations.
  • Individuals must have their own tennis racket – there are rackets for sale at the Service Centre.

Canteens

  • The canteens are open from 10 August 2020 with the following opening hours: 

Remmen: 8 AM – 2 PM in week 33 and 8 AM – 3 PM from week 34

Fredrikstad: 8 AM – 2 PM in week 33 and 8 AM – 3 PM from week 34

Teaching

  • Students must pay attention to messages given in Canvas and by e-mail regarding their teaching. Different groups of students will have different kinds of teaching. It is therefore essential that everyone checks for messages relating to their particular programme of study and courses.

Group rooms

  • All group rooms are open, but the one-metre distancing rule must be observed.
  • The person who books a group room is responsible for registering everyone who was in the room and disinfecting all contact surfaces (tables and chairs) before and after use. 
  • There are special disinfection stations with disinfectant and paper towels in all group rooms.

Reading rooms

  • The reading rooms are open, but the one-metre distancing rule must be observed.
  • If you use a reading room, you must disinfect the table and chair before and after use.
  • There are special disinfection stations with disinfectant and paper towels.

Auditoriums and teaching rooms

  • Auditoriums and classrooms can only be used if a distance of one metre between everyone in the room can be maintained. There are lists showing how many people each room can accommodate.
  • Wash or disinfect your hands when you return to the auditorium or classroom after a break.
  • The tables and seats will be cleaned daily at the end of the day by the Section for Cleaning Services. 
  • Individuals are responsible for disinfecting their own chair or bench and desk when they arrive. Non-textile furniture.
  • There is disinfectant and paper towels at the disinfection station in the auditorium.      

Equipment used in teaching contexts

If you become unwell or suspect you may have contracted COVID-19 while on campus

Anyone who develop symptoms of COVID-19 while they are on campus must immediately stay a safe distance away from others and return home as quickly as possible. The homeward journey should not be by public transport; however, if there is no other alternative, the sick person must wear a face mask. 

The sick person must inform the lecturer about their symptoms (ref. chapter 5 of the Norwegian Act relating to control of communicable diseases) and which areas ought to be disinfected (handles, washbasins, kitchenettes, lift buttons, etc.) and contribute to contact tracing for infection tracking purposes.

https://www.fhi.no/nettpub/coronavirus/fakta/hvis_du_mistenker_at_du_er_syk_med_covid-19/?term=&h=1.

The lecturer will report the case to the Health and Safety Officer. Class lists are used to contact people for infection tracking purposes if a student experiences acute respiratory symptoms on campus. The teaching can continue as normal.

See also the separate Procedure for infection tracking, quarantine and isolation.

Section for Cleaning Services

Teaching rooms and auditoriums are washed after use.

Sources

  • The Norwegian Institute of Public Health – Folkehelseinstituttet.no
  • The occupational health service – Stamina Helse
  • The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority

 

Published Sep. 9, 2020 10:42 AM - Last modified Sep. 9, 2020 11:39 AM