Coronavirus: Research operations at BFH

06.04.2020 BFH has adjusted its research operations to comply with the official measures adopted to contain SARS-CoV-2. All research and consulting activities are carried out in accordance with the hygiene and behaviour recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). Where possible, cooperation with external partners in industry, society, culture and the public sector is being maintained in order to continue to drive innovation, especially in the present exceptional circumstances.

  • Where possible, research and consulting activities are being continued by working from home. Researchers remain available as contacts for project partners.
  • Research and consulting activities that require on-site presence in BFH’s physical research facilities are taking place on a reduced basis under strict compliance with the FOPH’s tightened hygiene and behaviour recommendations (hand washing, distancing). Personnel presence in physical research facilities is being planned with the use of suitable booking systems. The presence and number of people in physical research facilities is known and visible at all times.

BFH harmonises its procedures with government measures and the corresponding rules in order to protect the safety of employees while at the same time continuing its practice-oriented research operations to the best of its ability.

Operating strategy

The various physical research facilities (laboratories, workshops, workrooms, studios, field trials, etc.) at the different BFH sites are subject to their own separate rules. The AHB, G, HAFL, HKB and TI departments have an operating strategy for their physical research facilities that regulates the following points under compliance with the FOPH’s hygiene and behaviour instructions:

  • Continuation of reduced research activities in physical research facilities under compliance with the safety rules
  • Maintenance and servicing of essential infrastructure to safeguard operations
  • Measures and personnel responsibility for checking compliance with the federal government’s recommendations and rulesNon-essential infrastructure, services and general research premises are largely closed. Existing rules on safety at work and laboratory safety continue to apply.

Non-essential infrastructure, services and general research premises are largely closed. Existing rules on safety at work and laboratory safety continue to apply.

Contact

In the event of queries and for further information, project partners should get in touch with their contact at BFH or the BFH coronavirus crisis team at corona@bfh.ch

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