Last update: 20 April 2021
The University has already implemented comprehensive hygiene measures. Disinfectant dispensers have been placed in all highly-frequented receptions areas at all University locations. In addition, shared-use rooms, such as toilets, will be cleaned more frequently.
To protect against infection, observe the general coughing and sneezing etiquette and maintain personal hygiene—especially with regard to regular (and correct) handwashing. Maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people. This also applies to queues and groups of people (e.g., in front of elevators). People with current respiratory infections may not enter University premises.
The relevant hygiene rules are displayed in the entrance areas of all Universität Hamburg buildings.
Wherever possible, avoid physical contact with other employees, students, and patrons. Refrain from standard greetings such as handshaking and hugging. Signs to this effect are displayed throughout the University.
Face masks / respirator masks
In University buildings, you must as a rule wear a medical mask (MNS) or a protective mask of high technical quality This also applies for workplaces with more than one person per room. Intentional or negligent violations of this mask requirement constitute an offense pursuant to Section 39 of Hamburg’s ordinance on the containment of SARS-CoV2 (HmbSARS-CoV-2-EindämmungsVO) and may result in a fine.
Upon entering University buildings, employees will be provided a surgical face mask by the University for the respective working day. The building’s custodial staff will hand out the face masks. Employees working in buildings without custodial staff can collect a surgical face mask from a neighboring building with custodial staff or from the concierge at Von-Melle-Park 5. Employees are free to wear their own surgical face mask or respirator (FFP) mask.
Medical masks of a comparable standard are also permitted. Labels such as “non-medical use” sometimes appear on packaging due to the export regulations in individual countries. This does not provide any indication of the masks’ protective effect or rule out their use as medical masks within the sense of the ordinance on the containment of SARS-CoV2. The word “sterile” is printed on the packaging of sterile masks.
If you cannot wear a mask covering your mouth and nose due to a disability or for other medical reasons, you are exempt from the face mask requirement. However, you are required to wear a face visor inside University buildings instead.
Where a specific risk assessment has determined that face masks, respirator masks, or disposable gloves are required, these will be provided by the place of work.
Services by Infrastructural Facility Management and Technical Building Management, work and repair shops, and Regional Computing Center
Services provided by Infrastructural Facility Management and Technical Building Management, the technical and academic workshops, and the Regional Computing Center (RRZ) are subject to the measures and instructions laid out in Appendix 3.
Office spaces with and without contact with patrons
There must be a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between all remaining workspaces at the University. If several people are using a room at the same time, there must be at least 10 square meters available and medical masks or protective masks of technically high quality must be worn at all times.
Workspaces and supplies should not be used by more than one person. If this is not possible, workspaces and supplies must be cleaned and/or disinfected before and after use by the individual user.
Before commencing work, a risk assessment must be drawn up based on the structure prepared by the Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection Unit and the individual area. See Appendix 4 for the individual regulations.
First aid services
If first aid is required, you must observe the following rules as far as practicable:
- maintain distance, if possible;
- adhere to coughing and sneezing etiquette and observe hand hygiene;
- wear protective masks (FFP masks), eye protection, and disposable gloves, issued to first aid officers by the Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection Unit.
If you notice any signs of health-related difficulties in your colleagues and there are no first-aid officers available to help, call an emergency doctor at 112.