Guidelines for stay at DTU


DTU follows the authorities’ requirements for a controlled and careful reopening of our activities.  

All employees must work from home to the greatest possible extent - all social events are cancelled, for both employees and students.

This guide contains requirements that must be adhered to in addition to the authorities' general guidelines. It is continuously adapted to the authorities’ recommendations.

A number of areas have their own pages with guidelines, for example: Hygiene and cleaningSickness and contact tracingTravelMeetings and events.

The guidelines on the page Overview of the partial shutdown and stricter guidelines precedence over the following at all times (up to and including 20 April).

Students are referred to the guidelines in 'Welcome back to DTU for students'.

  1. Requirement for negative test on attendance (valid from 6 April)

  2. Special considerations regarding risk groups

  3. Requirements for use of laboratories
  4. Staying in common areas
  5. Transport

1. Requirement for negative test on attendance (valid from 6 April).

Indoors in DTU's areas, all students and staff must, upon request, present a negative test result (antigen- or PCR-test) that is at most 72 hours old (calculated from the time of inoculation) or be exempt from the requirement, cf. below. Externals are strongly encouraged to also comply with the requirement.

Under no circumstances may you attend DTU if you have tested positive and have not yet completed the course of the illness/quarantine period.

Documentation for the covid-19 test can be in paper format or electronically. The documentation for the covid-19 test must include the following information:

  • The person tested corresponds to the name on the person's student or employee card, passport, driving license, or other publicly issued identity cards
  • The time of the test
  • The result of the test

However, the requirement does not apply if the person meets one of the following criteria::

  • for medical reasons, should not have a PCR or antigen test performed
  • as a result of a physical or mental disability, should not have a PCR or antigen test performed
  • has been infected with covid-19 within the last 12 weeks and have passed the course of the illness/quarantine period. Instead, you must present a positive test result that is at least 14 days old. When the 12 weeks have passed, you must be tested again and in future show negative test results, as described above
  • can present a vaccination certificate

See also: How test results are checked at DTU

2. Special considerations regarding risk groups

If you are in a risk group or are in close contact with people who are (read more about risk groups), and therefore only reluctantly leave your home, talk to your manager or supervisor. Together, you can establish the framework for your work or study participation - possibly in connection with a medical assessment.

For people at risk, it is recommended to keep a distance of two meters.

If you belong to this group, pay particular attention to hygiene and any disease symptoms:

  • Remember hand hygiene and be sure to wash your hands thoroughly when you get home from work. If you are at risk of having secretions on your clothes, it is recommended that you change clothes as soon as you get home, even before greeting your relatives.
  • Pay extra attention to symptoms, isolate yourself if you feel ill, and avoid contact with people at risk. Keep in mind that the risk of infecting others is small if you have no symptoms.
  • Also, pay extra attention to hygiene at home and make sure that your relatives are particularly careful with hand hygiene.

If you belong to a risk group or if you share a household with a person belonging to a risk group, you may be exempted from work if the conditions below are met. DTU will then receive sickness benefit reimbursement.

The conditions for being exempt from work are:

  • That you have a medical certificate stating that you or someone in your family belongs to a particular risk group
  • DTU agrees that the workplace cannot be arranged in such a way that you can adequately attend work and that you do not have the opportunity to work from home.

This particular scheme will remain in effect until the end of August 2020. If you believe that these rules cover you, talk to your immediate manager.

2. Requirements for use of laboratories

In addition to the general requirements in this document, the following requirements must comply for laboratories :

  • Use of gloves is mandatory in all laboratories for as long as necessary and as short as possible (risk assessment). Plan the work so it is possible to remove the gloves from time to time, so that your hands can get some air and remember to change gloves between different tasks.

  • Keep 2 meters away. Be aware of situations where there may be an increased risk of droplet contamination or where a precautionary principle warrants a special consideration, keep extra distance.

  • The work / teaching must always be organized to comply with the National Board of Health's recommendation on distances. This may result in reduced team sizes or changed working hours.

  • If it is not possible to organize the work so that the distance requirements are met, it may be decided locally to dispense. In this case, protective equipment (visor and / or mouth band) must be used. Protective equipment is purchased locally and dispensation must be in writing.

  • Protective equipment generally cannot replace the distance requirement.

  • Laboratory work is rescheduled taking into account the situation of the individual employee / student and agreed with the nearest manager / course leader.

  • In teaching situations - or where students are in the laboratory, a responsible DTU employee must always be present.

  • At the end of all work sessions, the employee must clean surfaces including contacts, handles, keyboards, equipment and so on.

Some departments/centres share facilities such as laboratories. The departments must have a special focus on this and coordinate activities among themselves, 

If you have any questions, please contact your manager or occupational health and safety coordinator.

3. Staying in common areas

It is required to wear face masks in DTU's canteens, cafés etc. However, this does not apply when sitting down. The requirement applies to both guests and employees who have contact with guests. The same exceptions apply as in public transport (children, etc.).

When staying in the department's or DTU's common areas, the distance requirements in the general community applies -  indoors as well as outdoors. 

Do you use local common areas such as kitchens, toilets, printing rooms, etc., make your stay as short as possible, and be sure to clean any surfaces that you have come into contact with when leaving the area. Also, wash or sanitize your hands before and after use. Ensure good ventilation.  

4. Transport at DTU

The requirements for physical distance also applies to transport internally at DTU. 

As far as possible, walk or use your own means of transport at and between DTU's facilities.

Vehicles used by several people (cars, bicycles, scooters, etc.) should be thoroughly sanitized on the surfaces that you’ve touched - both before and after use.

Follow the  authorities' guidelines if you use public transport in connection with your work.