Hygiene and behaviour rules

A number of basic measures in order to prevent coronavirus from spreading.

General measures

Remote working is no longer mandatory; it continues to be recommended, however, if it is not overly complicated.

For employees whose work does not require access to physical infrastructure (theoretical research, administration), their unit heads are encouraged to establish a rotating schedule with up to half of staff working on site and the remaining half working remotely on any given day. The goal is to allow every employee to return to campus.

In all cases, unit heads must keep an updated attendance list. 

You can contract coronavirus if you come into close, extended contact with an infected person. Maintaining a distance of at least 1.5 meters helps keep you and others safe.

Don’t shake hands with people, avoid touching your face, and try not to handle objects used by others, for example.

Hand washing is the golden rule of public health. Regularly washing your hands with soap and water can help keep you and others safe.

If you’re unable to wash your hands, use a hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed on campus.

🎞️ Video: how to wash your hands

Masks must be worn inside buildings and near other people outside (such as in a waiting line).

Until 31 October, students must wear a mask for all study-related activities (classes, exercise sessions, studying and practicals) in addition to having a COVID certificate.

Staff members can remove their mask at their individual place of work as long as they maintain the appropriate distance from others; however, they are strongly encouraged to keep their mask on.

Teachers may remove their mask during class.

Additional measures may apply to events where COVID certificates are required.

🎞️ Vidéo: how to use a mask

Additional information

Cover your nose and mouth, ideally with a paper tissue, when you cough or sneeze. Do not spit in public spaces.

Be sure to clean any shared equipment – such as printers, keyboards/mice and phones – with a surface disinfectant after every use.

It is recommended that shared equipment be used by as few people as possible, or even just by the staff who normally operate the equipment.

Product recommendations are available here: go.epfl.ch/coronavirus.

Disinfectant products can be ordered from the COVID-19 catalogue on Catalyse.

In rooms that don’t have a ventilation system, please try to open your window for at least 10 minutes every hour.

In rooms equipped with a ventilation system, the system has been modified so that it maximizes fresh air from outside rather than reusing recycled air. The hourly airchange rates in these rooms provide sufficient  ventilation.

COVID-19 protective products (masks, hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant) are available through the Lyreco catalogue. Since the DSPS has approved them, we strongly encourage you to purchase these products only (rather than buying them somewhere else).

Orders must be placed the usual way through the Lyreco catalogue on Catalyse. The product numbers for these items are shown on Lyreco’s main page. Orders will be delivered to the usual locations within 24 hours. There are no longer any restrictions on order size.

These products are available through our internal online catalogue of COVID-19 protective products as well as at some individual school stores.

All units can use these catalogues to order any additional items they may need. The following products are available:

  • Face masks
  • Reusable EPFL masks (only available through the ShopEPFL Catalyse catalogue)
  • FFP2/N95 face masks (only available through the COVID-19 catalogue)
  • Bottles of hand sanitizer
  • Surface disinfection wipes
  • Surface disinfectant spray.

If you have any questions on how to place an order via Catalyse, please contact the Service Desk at [email protected]

The SwissCovid app, which was developed in part by EPFL, is designed to break chains of infection.

The developers applied the privacy-by-design approach to protecting personal data. The app can be downloaded free of charge from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

For more information on the app.

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