UIm University of Applied Sciences agreed the document "SARS‐CoV‐2/Corona‐Arbeitsschutzstandard" (SARS‐CoV‐2/Corona occupational health standard) on April 30. This is stored in the "Corona" folder in the University of Applied Sciences Service Center, and can be viewed there. Protecting the health of our employees is our top priority. This document stipulates the occupational health standards and occupational health protective measures for the duration of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The measures aim to ensure the health of employees and, at the same time, to keep the university (studying) running. The measures will be regularly reviewed with regard to their effectiveness and necessity, and the current situation re-evaluated.
The regulations listed in the document "SARS‐CoV‐2/Corona‐Arbeitsschutzstandards" (SARS‐CoV‐2/Corona occupational health standard)
are binding for all THU employees. The supervisors are responsible for implementing the measures in their areas. At the same time, each employee has the responsibility to adhere to the regulations, thus protecting themselves and others.
To start with, there are three clear fundamental principles which apply to everyone:
- Protecting health is the top priority. Distancing is by far the best protection against infection. For this reason, a safety distance to other people of at least 1.5 m must be maintained at all times. Every THU employee has the right to demand a safety distance of at least 1.5 m from their colleagues, students and other people.
- In the interest of protecting others, in all situations where it is not possible to permanently keep a distance of at least 1.5 m from your conversation partners, in the THU's buildings it is recommended to wear a mask covering your nose and mouth or, alternatively, a 3D-printed protective shield.
- If you feel ill – especially if you have symptoms of respiratory illness or fever – for your own protection and for the protection of everyone, please stay at home and contact a doctor.
Information on remote working
Wherever it is desirable and possible, you should do your work remotely. This applies in particular for those belonging to a risk group, and for those working in multi-occupancy offices. Remote working can also help enable employees to fulfill their care responsibilities.
Remote working is not an automatic right. The times when employees are present should be organized so that the risk of infection is kept as low as possible, as far as this is possible with regard to the necessary work to be performed in the Institutes/Departments. The relevant supervisor makes the final decision as to whether the work can be performed remotely – either entirely or partially – or whether the employee's physical presence at the THU is required, either full-time or part-time.
Duration of remote working
The approved period for remote working is in line with the period stated in the latest version of the Corona Order issued by the State of Baden-Württemberg, and is currently until September 30, 2020.
In this context, please observe the
Rules for Working Remotely:
It must be possible to contact you when you are working remotely
You must give your line manager a telephone number, and the time periods within which you can be reached by telephone
The University of Applied Sciences will remain open until further notice, so it is possible to work at your own THU desk, or partly at your desk and partly from home/elsewhere. In addition to 100% remote working, a mixture of remote working and being present on-site at the THU is also possible, both on different days and within individual days.
Until further notice, you can agree to work from home at short notice – as long as you have the approval of your responsible line manager (via e-mail).
Anyone who has the organizational and technical means to do so can make use of this extension to the regulations – as long as they have the agreement of their line manager. You must notify the Human Resources Department (firstname.lastname@example.org
). When working remotely, you must document your working times in the electronic time recording system.
When you are present at the University of Applied Sciences, you must maintain a sufficient safety distance to other people (at least 1.5 m). Where necessary and possible, offices should be occupied by only one person, for example, by alternating times present/shifts. To make single-occupancy possible, empty rooms should be used where necessary. Plexiglass shields will be installed for protection/to mark boundaries in departments with frequent customer contact (e.g. SSC, Human Resources, department offices, etc.). You should ensure that the counters, meeting tables and similar items in your own office are cleaned regularly. There is the option of applying safety-distance markings to the floor (with adhesive tape). Technical Services will install these markings in the publicly-accessible areas. The necessary materials such as adhesive tape, disinfectant, cleaning fluid, face masks and disposable gloves will be sourced centrally and are available from Technical Services. Information on their issuing/distribution will be communicated via e-mail. All other regulations can be found in the document "SARS‐CoV‐2/Corona‐Arbeitsschutzstandard" (SARS‐CoV‐2/Corona occupational health standard), in the "Corona" folder in the University of Applied Sciences Service Center.