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Information and measures regarding the COVID-19 situation

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LMU Munich provides latest information and lists current measures in relation to the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2). Please inform yourself regularly. Last update: 13.01.2021

Corona Guidelines and Recommendations of the Faculty for Chemistry and Pharmacy


Wearing of mouth-nose-protection

It is compulsory to wear a face mask at LMU, not only when entering and leaving any lecture halls and conference rooms but also in all areas of LMU buildings where people meet or come into contact with others. This applies in particular to corridors, stairways, elevators and bathrooms.

At the workplace (including meeting rooms) the obligation to wear masks applies only if the minimum distance of 1.5 m cannot be reliably maintained.

When dealing openly with hazardous, bio- and radioactive materials, mouth and nose covers must not be worn. However, respiratory protection must still be used for special activities requiring respiratory protection.

Information for members of the Gene Center according to the rules of the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy

Excerpt from the rules:

Staying in a faculty building is only permitted if the person feels completely healthy and, to the best of their knowledge and belief, has had no direct contact with a person infected with the corona virus in the last 14 days.

Social distance requirement:

  • This distance requirement applies at all times inside and outside the campus rooms and buildings.
  • Respectful cooperation is expected, which aims at the health and well-being of all. Basically, care must be taken to move prudently and defensively within the building. Unnecessary walks or stays in the corridor, staircase or other areas of the building as well as group formation are to be avoided. Activities such as barbecues, any kind of celebrations and joint consumption of alcohol or community sports on the faculty premises are prohibited.
  • Elevators should not be used if possible. If elevator use is unavoidable, the elevator should only be used by one person.

Wearing of mouth-nose protection:

It is not allowed to enter the LMU buildings without mouth and nose protection. There is a permanent mask obligation in all buildings and rooms of the faculty. Exceptions apply to rooms that are only used by one person.

Hygiene measures:

Everyone is encouraged to help reduce the risk of infection by washing their hands regularly, especially immediately upon arrival in the building, and by adhering to the cough and sneeze label (only in the crook of their arm). In addition, the general hygiene regulations, such as those published by the Robert Koch Institute, apply.

Ventilation: In rooms with technical ventilation, additional window ventilation is not necessary. Rooms without technical ventilation (offices) that are used by more than one person at the same time must be ventilated at least every 20 minutes. Event rooms must also be ventilated by the event personnel at least every 20 minutes before the event begins and during the event. The minimum ventilation period is 5-10 min in summer, 5 min in spring and autumn and 3 min in winter (faster ventilation in cold weather). The most effective way of ventilation is to ventilate the entire opening area of the windows, if possible cross-ventilation.
Cleaning: The property management ensures that rooms are cleaned regularly. In particular, workplaces at face-to-face events which are used in short succession by several participants at least once a day must be cleaned.

Laboratory and workshop operation:

Laboratories and work rooms can be made accessible under strict hygiene and safety conditions for the maintenance of research operations as well as for the execution of final theses
and laboratory internships. The following provisions apply in addition to the currently valid general laboratory regulations:

  • In principle, laboratory work must be reduced to the necessary.
  •  Laboratory work requires approval by the chair's management / the management of the working group.
  • A maximum occupancy of the laboratory or workshop shall be specified. The basis for calculation is that at a distance of 1.5 m at least 4 sqm of space per person must be
    available. For all activities in the laboratory or workshop, compliance with the distance regulation (at least 1.5 m) is mandatory and a mouth-nose cover must be worn.
  • Tools and work equipment are to be used on a personal basis wherever possible. Shared objects, equipment or similar, as well as door and window handles, for example,
    should be cleaned as far as possible after use. Alternatively, gloves are to be used. e. If necessary for safe compliance with all hygiene regulations, additional protective
    measures may have to be taken, such as transparent, fireproof partitions in workplaces where a protective distance cannot be safely and consistently maintained.
  • A minimization of personal contact must be ensured by spatial/temporal equalization (e.g. by forming different teams).
  • Evaluations and analyses shall take place in the home office as far as possible.

If necessary, the laboratory managers shall define safety rules that go beyond the described extent and inform all laboratory users before starting the work.

Service operation:

  • Sick persons and suspected cases: Persons are not allowed to enter the campus if they
    1) knowingly had contact with a confirmed Covid-19 patient (Cat. I contact persons) within the last 14 days or
    2) exhibit symptoms that may indicate COVID-19 disease, such as respiratory symptoms of any severity, unspecific general symptoms, and olfactory or gustatory disturbances; or
    3) who are obliged to go into domestic quarantine for 14 days in accordance with the currently valid entry quarantine regulation (EQV).
    Excepted in the case of No. 2 and No. 3 are persons who have a medical certificate in German or English language confirming that there are no indications of infection with
    the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and who present it to the person or body directly responsible (head of class or supervisor). The medical certificate must be based on a molecular
    biological test for the presence of infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which was carried out in a member state of the European Union or another state that the RKI
    has included in a list of states with a sufficient quality standard for this purpose, and which was carried out no more than 48 hours before presentation to the university. It is
    pointed out that a so-called "antibody test" is not sufficient.
    If a person develops symptoms during his or her stay at the faculty, he or she must immediately report this to his or her supervisor or event manager. The following measures will be initiated:
    • the person concerned is sent home (home office) immediately.
    • the room is well ventilated (if no technical ventilation is available).
    • all affected hand contact surfaces are to be cleaned thoroughly with a fat-dissolving cleaning agent (no disinfectant required).
    • without a medical certificate (negative PCR test) the affected person will be allowed to enter the campus buildings again at the earliest 14 days after the symptoms have subsided.
    • all potential contact persons will be informed about the measures taken by the responsible health authority.
  • Risk groups: Members of groups with an increased risk of a severe course (risk groups according to the Robert Koch Institute) are recommended to take the necessary
    measures for self-protection. The measures should be coordinated with the treating physician. The staff unit Occupational Medical Service and Health Management can be
    consulted for advice if necessary.
  • Superiors should, as far as possible, enable their employees to perform their work flexibly. Wherever possible, work should be performed in the home office. Deviations from this rule are only possible for compelling reasons. Compelling reasons are, among others, if the work in the home office cannot be performed or can only be performed to a very limited extent. A decision whether compelling reasons exist is made by the supervisor. Professors make decisions for their area of responsibility on their own responsibility.
  • Office space is usually only to be used by one person. In case of mandatory additional occupancy (but not more than 3 persons) the room must be sufficiently large (1.5 m distance). Defined seating arrangements shall ensure that the safe distance is maintained and a mouth-and-nose protection must be worn. Regular ventilation must be ensured.
  • Work meetings (with a maximum of 5 persons) for official matters, care tasks, etc. are possible without the permission of a superior, unless it is not possible to carry out these meetings via video services, under the strictest of standards. They should, however, be limited to a minimum of time and can only be carried out in sufficiently large rooms under strict observance of the hygiene guidelines. A mouth and nose protector must be worn.
  • Any meetings with more than 5 persons, such as scientific colloquia, shall be held via video services if possible. Excepted from this are meetings for special reasons (such as appointment procedures), which cannot be held via video services or cannot be held in a meaningful way. For face-to-face meetings of this kind, a hygiene concept must be developed, which is presented to the Dean of Studies and must be approved by the Dean.