based on Cologne University guidelines from May 27th, 2020 and the University Hospital we further adapt SARS CoV-2-specific safety measures at CECAD. Importantly, these new regulations still comply with the overall goal to minimize infection and the spread of the corona pandemic at the campus to ensure the greatest possible safety for students, faculty, and staff. Therefore, please limit personal contacts whenever possible while working at the University campus.
There is a strict regulation not to wear face masks while working in the lab with chemicals or GVOs – provided the distance rule is observed - according to GBU / Hazard assessment (see Nr. 4.7: Activities involving hazardous substances, bio substances, genetic engineering, radioactivity), which must be followed.
We realize this sounds counterintuitive with previous rules, however, our labs have enough airflow to work safely.
In teaching situations, where you stand close to a person and do not keep the 1,5m distance, you have to wear a dispensable/one-way face-mask (see also Hazard assessment Nr. 4.7).
CECAD will distribute during this week once again disposable face masks to all work groups, however, they should be ordered by the work groups from now on (e.g. at the Uniclinics via srm ordering system, SAP-Nr. 224776).
In case of questions also with filling in the GBU, please contact Rüdiger Geis in the Central Office (hans-rüdiger.geis[at]uk-koeln.de, phone: 0221-478-84043).
From June 8th on external visitors are allowed to enter the CECAD building for the following purposes:
General rules for hosting outside guests:
Only do physical meetings when absolutely necessary!
For meetings/job interviews only the following rooms are available
Lecture hall (maximum of 9 people),
Seminar room 1.034 (maximum of 6 people),
Small seminar rooms EG.040 & EG.039 or EG.038 & EG.037 (maximum of 3 people)
For job interviews we recommend to do personal interviews only with preselected candidates
Internal one-one meetings between members of the CECAD Research Center are allowed in lab specific offices according to people/space limit and/or distance and hygiene rules and do not have to be documented by the sheet mentioned above.
From June 8th one person can join a TEM session behind a transparent shield only in case supervision or technical advise is needed. All other hygiene rules including wearing face masks still apply.
Light microscopy platform can now be used by external people. Please enter only the microscope rooms when you have booked measuring session. Specific rules outlined for the use of the microscopes have to be followed.
According to Corona Entry Regulations NRW (version applicable from 30.5.2020) the following regulations are valid for private traveling outside Germany:
1. Stays abroad in member states of the European Union as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Great Britain and Northern Ireland of longer than 72 hours are generally permitted without a 14-day quarantine being imposed after return. However, this does not apply if, according to the statistical evaluations and publications of the European Center for Disease Protection and Control (ECDC), the number of newly infected persons in relation to the population is more than 50 cases per 100 000 inhabitants in the last seven days.
2. Travel to countries other than those referred to in point 1 is also possible without the need for post-return quarantine if the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has explicitly stated that the epidemiological situation there makes protective measures for travellers entering and returning to the country unnecessary.
These instructions must be observed and information must be obtained before a possible start of the journey via the respective publication of the RKI, the Federal Ministry of Health and the ECDC, but also via a possible revision of the Corona Entry Regulation NRW.
The University Hospital Cologne strongly recommend that you also follow the applicable travel instructions and recommendations of the German Foreign Office.
Business trips: Until further notice, the university management will no longer approve any business trips. Exceptions may only be made in individual cases after an unavoidable necessity has been demonstrated. Requests should be addressed to the Rector and Chancelloror the Head of the University Hospital via the supervisor.
Please always check the current state of travel regulations, as they may change very fast!
Face-to-face events and working on campus are only permitted if the following protective regulations and spatial requirements can be guaranteed.
Instructions regarding minimum safety distance, hygiene, and the guidelines of the Robert Koch Institute will be posted in the entrance areas of all UoC buildings.
(for details follow lab specific GBU / Hazard assessment Nr. 4.7: Activities involving hazardous substances, bio substances, genetic engineering, radioactivity).
In addition, the above-mentioned minimum safety distance must be guaranteed. If the room is permanently used by more than one person, the safety distance should be greater than the minimum distance. The m2 of a room/lab etc determine the max. people that can work there at any given time. Please follow the attached map overview of a CECAD lab leaflet.
We recommend that each floor puts in measures that guarantee that in common rooms (cell culture, -80 rooms etc.) distance and number of people are according to the above rule.
Work can only be resumed 48 hours after you are free of symptoms.
As already stipulated in previous emails, in case of a potential infection or an infection you must inform your PI as well as the CECAD leadership. Each case will of course be treated confidential. They can also advise who to contact etc.
Raumzertifizierung für Präsenzprüfungen: Abteilung 54: Infrastrukturelles Gebäudemanagement:
Michael AbrahamTelefon +49 221 470-5880/ E-Mail m.abraham[at]verw.uni-koeln.de
Here you will find information provided by the Rectorate of the University of Cologne on current measures taken in regard to the coronavirus (SARS CoV-2).
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