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Coronavirus: Information for employees

Chalmers has adjusted for all operations to continue, but with the majority of work carried out remotely. Employees are recommended to work from home until 14 August, to the extent that is possible, in dialogue with your respective manager. All education during study period 4 is being done remotely. 

This information is intended for all employees at Chalmers

14 May 15:00

Working at home is the primary recommendation 

Since 17 March, employees have been recommended to work from home, to the extent that their duties allow, in dialogue with their direct manager. Chalmers’ crisis management group, after agreement with the President and the University Management Group, have now decided to extend this recommendation until 14 August (a decision on the period after this date is expected no later than 3 August).

It is important that those employees who need to work on campus, helping manage the premises or carrying out experimental work for example, should be able to carry out their duties with sufficient physical distance from other employees. Planning and coordination of the work will be led as normal by managers. The link below contains detailed advice for how the risk of infection can be reduced in these cases. 

Avoiding spreading infection – our joint responsibility

To avoid becoming infected and infecting others:
  • Keep a distance from others, both indoors and out. When you are close to other people you do not live with, keep more than one arm's length. (at least 1.5 metres)
  • Stay home if you are sick, even if it just a mild cold. See the list of common symptoms of Covid 19
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. You can find more hygiene advice here.
  • Keep your distance from others on buses, trains, trams and other public transport. Avoid travelling in rush hour. 
  • Avoid visiting elderly relatives. People over 70 are most at risk of becoming seriously ill from Covid 19. 
  • Avoid parties, funerals, baptisms, and weddings.
  • Keep your distance from others in sporting locations, saunas, gyms, and avoid changing in public changing facilities. 
  • Only travel if it is necessary. Read more on journeys within Sweden here.
  • Keep yourself updated via krisinformation.se and the Public Health Agency’s website

Campus is not closed – but only open for employees and students

Chalmers has not closed its campuses. The doors to facilities on campus are locked, but available for students and employees, and others with pass-cards, for now, until other information is received.

Classrooms and auditoriums will also be kept locked to reduce the risk of damage and the need for cleaning. Group rooms and computer rooms remain open to give students access to the necessary resources. The reception in CA-huset is unmanned from March 23, but all employees can enter with a pass-card and code 06:00-20:00. The mail is picked up/left only once a day.

Chalmers has closed its three libraries until further notice (the main library, Kuggen, and the architectural library), and will offer instead online library service and phone support. The libraries’ electronic information resources and support channels are not affected by the closures. 

Busi​ness travel

Chalmers will not permit any international business travel, and only operationally critical travel within Sweden. What is operationally critical will be decided by the Heads of Department. The restrictions currently apply until 14 August.

Employees are advised to follow the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s travel advice for private journeys. 

Conferences, meetings and visits

All physical conferences, meetings and visits with external participants, arranged by Chalmers, should be carried out digitally, or cancelled entirely, until 14 August. 

Employees are recommended to carry out internal meetings digitally as much as possible, until 14 August. 

Stay home in case of sickness​

Stay home if you are sick, even if you just have symptoms of a mild cold. See the list of common symptoms of Covid 19​If you intend to continue working – do so from home. Employees should have dialogue with their manager. Stay home for two days after you are completely symptomless. 

If you have suspected symptoms, such as coughing, fever or headaches, you should inform your direct manager and, follow the healthcare authority’s recommendations: 1177 for Västra Götaland​

Help for staff abroad

​Employees who are abroad and need help primarily receive this help via the emergency number of the travel insurance: IF Skadeförsäkring via +46 77-181 58 18.

Assistance for staff with normal residence abroad​

Staff who need advice on any return trip should contact their country's embassy in Sweden.

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Published: Wed 20 May 2020.