Infection prevention measures
UiO encourages all students, staff and guests to follow general infection prevention guidelines such as the washing of hands and staying at home when sick. In addition to this, several measures are developed to prevent the spreading of infection on campus.
Social distancing is important to avoid infection. Students and staff must keep at least one meter distance between each other, also when entering and exiting rooms and auditoriums, and when inside the rooms.
Frequent washing of hands
Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face with unclean hands. Hand disinfectant stands and disinfectants are deployed at the main entrances to all buildings, and you are encouraged to use them regularly. Use disposable paper towels or the elbow hook when coughing or sneezing.
How to wash your hands
Washing your hands with lukewarm water and liquid soap is an effective way to prevent infection. Wash thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, then wipe with disposable paper towels. If you do not have the opportunity to wash your hands, alcohol-based disinfectant is an alternative (hand sanitizer with a minimum of 70% alcohol). However, be aware that hand sanitizer is not as effective on wet or visibly dirty hands.
When to wash your hands
You must wash your hands
- when you leave home, when you arrive at UiO, and when you come home again
- when you have touched door handles, pressed buttons in the lift or on the card reader, or other contact surfaces
- when coughing/sneezing, drying your face/ blowing your nose, before and after meals, and during toilet visits
- after laboratory work or other activities where surfaces have been touched
- when your hands are visibly dirty.
The government and Oslo Municipality have made the use of face masks compulsory indoors in public places and on public transport when it is impossible to maintain social distancing of one meter. Please refer to advice from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (fhi.no)
Note that facemasks do not replace social distancing, they are only a supplement.
There is no general requirement for wearing facemasks on campus beyond where the professional communities consider it difficult to keep a distance of at least one meter.
For medicine, dentistry and other educations with close patient and user contact, the faculties will issue orders for use. Contact your line manager for information about use and distribution for your department.
In other units, there is a practice of using face masks in laboratories or other premises where it is difficult to keep a distance of one meter.
Access to buildings and services at UiO
Students and staff have access to UiO's buildings as normal, with the exception of The Faculty of Law´s building in the city centre, where you must use a card to enter. Faculties and units make arrangements to safeguard infection control, and will consider rotation schemes. Information will be provided by each unit.
- For receiving mail, see the Mail Services Centre's new routines for mail and courier services.
- For library services, see the University Library's information.
- Cafés and eateries: it is mandatory to wear a facemask at SiO's cafés and eateries for employees and guests in all situations where you are not sitting down at a table. Read more about SiO's services and infection prevention and control, and SiO Food and Beverage for opening hours (sio.no).
Limiting the number of social contacts
The government and Oslo Municipality recommend that people limit the number of social contacts. It is specified that this does not apply to colleagues in the workplace, and UiO considers that this does not apply to fellow students you meet on campus in learning situations and teaching contexts, such as colloquium groups.
Use of rooms, teaching premises and reading rooms
The use of premises for teaching students is prioritised before meetings, courses, and seminars for employees or other types of events.
- There must be at least one meter distance between people in teaching rooms at UiO. This must be measured and checked for each individual teaching room before it is used.
- If several people are to be able to use the same space on the same day, disposable washcloths must be available so that the user of the space can clean the space before use.
- Students and staff must wipe down their own workplace before teaching begins. In addition, the users themselves are responsible for cleaning user equipment and materials that are shared.
- There must be at least one meter distance between people in reading rooms. Reading room spaces that are not to be used, must be clearly marked accordingly.
- For reading rooms without fixed places, time and place must be booked so that UiO can assist with information about who has been sitting nearby should the need arise for infection tracing. Maps must be made of reading room spaces to facilitate the job of infection detection.
- Seats in reading rooms are booked in TP: Room booking. Read more about how to book a seat.
- If several people are to be able to use the same reading room space on the same day, disposable washcloths must be available so that the user of the space clean the space before and after use.
Colloquium rooms and rehearsal rooms
- There must be at least one meter distance between people in colloquium rooms and rehearsal rooms.
- Colloquium rooms and rehearsal rooms must be booked by the user so that UiO can assist with information about who has used the rooms should the need arise for infection tracing. The person who books the premises is responsible for ensuring that infection prevention measures are taken care of during the use of the premises.
- If several people are to be able to use the same space on the same day, disposable washcloths/cleaning products must be available so that the user of the space can clean the space before use.
- Those who use the premises are themselves responsible for cleaning user equipment and materials that are shared.
Art education: teaching, rehearsals and performances
- As a general rule, there must be at least one meter distance between people in art education at UiO.
- For rehearsals and performances carried out as part of teaching, exams or research under the auspices of UiO, the practitioners can maintain a distance of less than one meter when necessary based on the nature of the art. For each individual case, a risk assessment must be carried out, necessary infection control measures must be in place, and the activity must be approved by the faculty.
- For teaching purposes, the distance between teacher and student can be less than one meter if the nature of the teaching so requires. A risk assessment must be carried out for this type of teaching, and the necessary infection control measures must be in place.
Work clothes and protective equipment
It is not necessary to have separate work clothes for employees, but the use of rings and hand jewelry should be avoided at work. If you need personal infection control equipment when performing your work tasks, a risk assessment must be made in advance. When using protective equipment in connection with work, think about infection control when putting on the equipment and taking it off.
The new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is easily removed by manual cleaning with water and regular detergents. The virus can survive on surfaces from hours to days, depending on the type of surface, temperature, sunlight, and other factors. Therefore, thorough and frequent cleaning is important to prevent infection.
Assessment of local infection prevention measures
The individual unit must itself assess the need for local infection prevention measures such as disinfection of meeting rooms and workplaces after use. Based on local assessments, the individual unit must develop its own local plan which clearly describes what must be done, who performs it, and who ensures that detergents/disinfectants are available. It is not desirable for the units to purchase wall dispensers and install them.
Cleaning done by UiO
Cleaning is done daily in all common areas and classrooms. The cleaning includes all contact points such as light switches, door handles, lift buttons, handrails and the like.
Cleaning is done as normal in offices and other workplaces.
More frequent cleaning/inspection of toilets and changing rooms is assessed continuously based on need, but at least twice a day.