Hygiene and behaviour rules

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

The page has been updated as of 14 January 2021.

General measures

Remote working is mandatory

For activities that must be carried out on campus, the heads of units and of EPFL-approved associations must request approval from their dean, via their institute, or their vice president, as applicable, and indicate the reasons for their request. If the activity requires the on-site presence of more than one person from a given group, then an alternating schedule should be used so as to minimize the number of people on campus at any one time and the possibility for people to come into contact.

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.

Plan your work in advance to ensure you can always maintain this distance everywhere, while wearing a mask, including in open-space offices, labs, workshops and other areas.

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.

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You must wear a mask in all EPFL hallways and in all rooms where there are two or more people. It is not enough to simply maintain the necessary distance between work stations. You must also wear a mask outside if you are not able to maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters from other people, as well as in vehicles if two or more people from different households are together.

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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.

It is possible to meet in person as long as:

  • a distance of at least 1.5 meters is maintained between people
  • everyone is wearing a mask at all times
  • the meeting organizer draws up and keeps a list of all attendees
    (for more information, see point 9 of the directive)
  • the meeting organizer ensures that all surfaces in the room (tables, armrests, etc.) are disinfected after the meeting.
  • Social interaction on campus must be kept to a strict minimum, including in common areas (like hallways) and during coffee breaks and at lunch.

Employees who are considered persons at high risk (according to the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) definition) must continue to work remotely until further notice. They are exempt from the measures set out in point 1 of this appendix.

Exceptions are only possible if all of the following conditions are met:

  • It must be absolutely necessary for the unit, and there is no other possible solution.
  • The employee must agree to it.
  • The employee’s supervisor must approve it.

EPFL may ask the School’s occupational health specialist to evaluate the situation of any employees at especially high risk.

If you have any medical questions about your own risk level and your doctor is unable to provide answers, you can contact EPFL’s occupational health team at [email protected] (all discussions will be kept confidential).

In line with Swiss federal government rules, these measures don’t apply to anyone living in the same household as someone who is considered to be at high risk.

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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