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Information on the coronavirus for GSI/FAIR staff and guests

At FAIR and GSI the health of all employees and guests is very important. For this reason we have compiled current recommendations as well as resolutions of the management for employees and guests with the aim of protecting the health on this page.

Contact persons

Your contact persons for further inquiries:

 task-force-health(at)gsi.de

If you have any medical questions, you can also contact our company doctor Ms. A. Schumacher.

a.schumacher(at)medical-gmbh.de

Do you have any questions about the corona virus? Are you looking for information on current developments, may not be able to correctly assess disease signs, worry about relatives, or perhaps you belong to a risk group?
That is why medical airport service, our company medical service, has set up a telephone hotline that you as GSI and FAIR employees can use. This hotline is available every day from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for your questions and advice.

Telephone number: 06151 7805478

General tips for hygiene

Status of March 05, 2020

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Many infectious diseases are transmitted via the hands. Washing hands is therefore a simple and effective measure that can protect against infection.

If you wash your hands thoroughly on a regular basis, you protect yourself and others from many pathogens. After all, thorough hand washing reduces the number of germs on your hands to as little as one thousandth. This reduces the risk of pathogens entering the body, for example with food in the mouth or through the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose or eyes, or being passed on to family members, friends or colleagues. This is particularly important in times of disease waves.

Wash hands regularly

Hands should not only be washed when they are visibly dirty. Because pathogens are not visible to the naked eye. You should therefore wash your hands regularly in everyday life, especially on the following occasions:

Always after

  •  who comes home
  •  the visit of the toilet
  •  blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing

Always before

  •  the meals
  •  the handling of medicines or cosmetics

Always before and after

  •  the preparation of meals
  •  contact with the sick

Wash your hands thoroughly

Washing off dirt and even germs - that sounds simple. But proper hand washing requires a careful approach. For example, hands are often not soaped for a long enough period of time and the back of the hands, thumbs and fingertips in particular are neglected.

Thorough hand washing is successful in five steps

  1.  First hold your hands under running water. You can choose the temperature so that it is comfortable.
  2.  Soap your hands thoroughly - both palms and the back of your hands, fingertips, finger gaps and thumbs. Also remember your fingernails.
  3.  Gently rub the soap into all areas. This should take 20 to 30 seconds. As a guide, 20 seconds is roughly equivalent to humming the Happy Birthday song twice.
  4.  Then rinse your hands under running water.
  5.  Dry your hands carefully, also in the spaces between your fingers.

FAQ about hand washing

Why should hand washing take at least 20 seconds?

Thorough hand washing for at least 20 seconds can reduce germs on your hands to one thousandth or less. However, according to a survey conducted by the BZgA in Germany, more than half of the respondents wash their hands for a shorter time. This means that they do not effectively reduce the number of germs on their hands when washing their hands and thus have an increased risk of falling ill themselves or transmitting germs to others.

The optimal duration of hand washing also depends on the specific situation, such as the extent to which the hands are dirty. In the case of very dirty hands, soaping and washing hands for a period of 20 seconds is often too short and is therefore only a guideline for normally dirty hands in everyday situations.

Is it useful to wash your hands when soap is not available?

Washing your hands with soap is much more effective than with water alone, because washing substances dissolve dirt and microbes from the skin. In addition, when using soap one tends to rub and wash the hands more thoroughly than without it, which leads to additional mechanical removal of germs. Certain germs are also found in the natural grease film of the skin and can hardly be removed with water alone.

If no soap is available, one should nevertheless not refrain from washing one's hands with water alone. Because even water alone removes at least some of the germs. Even though the use of soap significantly increases the effectiveness of hand washing, studies have shown that washing hands with clean water alone can reduce the frequency of diarrhoea, for example.

Does frequent hand washing put a strain on the skin?

Proper hand washing protects against contagious infections! However, incorrect or very frequent hand washing, especially at high water temperatures or with harsh detergents, puts a strain on the skin: the protective acid mantle and natural skin lipids that keep the uppermost horny layer of the skin resistant can be washed out.

The skin can dry out and skin irritations can be the result.

Therefore, you should prefer mild, pH-neutral washing substances when washing your hands. Creaming your hands with a moisturizing and refatting skin care product supports the regeneration of the skin. Cream stressed hands as required after washing or in between.

When is hand disinfection useful in addition to hand washing?

In private surroundings, hand disinfection is generally not necessary. Disinfectants are not suitable for visibly dirty hands. If there is an increased risk of infection, it may be useful to disinfect hands after washing. This includes, for example, cases in which family members are infected with bacteria such as salmonella, are colonised with multi-resistant pathogens or suffer from highly contagious diseases such as influenza or norovirus infections. Even if immunocompromised people with an increased risk of infection live in the household or if relatives in need of care are taken care of, hand disinfection can be useful in certain situations.

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Public events at GSI/FAIR

Update March 18, 2020

Furthermore, the festive event for GSI's 50th anniversary planned on 30 April 2020 at the Science and Congress Center darmstadtium is cancelled.

 

Status of March 06, 2020

As a preventive measure regarding the coronavirus, public events at GSI and FAIR are cancelled until further notice.  For this reason, for example, the lectures of the series "Wissenschaft für Alle" are suspended until further notice ,and the Girls'Day on Thursday, 26 March 2020, is cancelled. Public guided tours on the campus are also currently not offered.

 

New dates will be announced in time.

Safety Principles during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Status of March 24, 2020

These are difficult times. We are all confronted with an unprecedented and rapidly changing situation, which forces us to adapt measures along the way. For all practical information, please address your line managers, who have specific instructions.

 

Here, we would like to share with you what are the principles we are following. First of all,  the primary duty of all of us is to protect the health of our colleagues and of society in general, and for that we apply carefully all of the guidelines which we receive from the health authorities, who are by definition the most knowledgeable on what should be done. Distancing and isolation are the most effective ways to reduce the risk of infection.

 

Therefore we encourage everyone who can work from home to do so, and for the rest to organize the work such that people on campus are at a safe distance from one another (for example coming at different times and for limited number of hours). We ask each department head to organize this in the way he/she finds most suitable, since they are those who know best the work of each person. As for those among us who belong to higher risk groups, the recommendation is to actually work from home, and we urge all heads of organizational units to provide this opportunity.

 

Various measures such as the cancellation of visits of external persons, the use of videoconferencing, the reduction of all travel to the minimum indispensable,  the quarantine for people returning from high risk areas or which have been in contact with suspect cases, the closure of the cafeteria and so on, all are taken to implement social distancing as recommended.

 

If for a specific activity safe conditions cannot be met, we will not allow its execution. Also for the experimental program we have followed the same principles: we have been applying progressively tighter safety measures, and when for some of the experiments safe conditions could not be guaranteed they have simply been postponed. The experiments which required the presence of external people have been postponed, keeping only those who can be operated relying only on local personnel. Tight measures of distancing of people working both for the operation of the accelerators and of the experiments are now in place. The ensemble of these measures clearly results in lower overall efficiency, and only a subset of the planned experiments can take place, and will need more time than originally foreseen. Moreover, always in the spirit of safety first, even this reduced program is constantly being re-evaluated and might be further reduced or spotted if appropriate.

 

It is our common duty to ensure the safety of all in an organized way, without creating additional anxiety. Moreover, this situation might last for quite some time, so we should not think in terms of a short break, but in terms of finding a way for GSI/FAIR to operate for a prolonged period in a mode which is safe for all but allows us to pursue our objectives.

 

We are confident that with the active collaboration of all this can be achieved.

Regulations at GSI and FAIR

Status of March 05, 2020

Protective measures

  • Where appropriate, we kindly ask you to use the instruments proposed by the company, such as home-office, tele-conferences, in accordance with your line-managers.
  • We kindly ask you to make use of the usual preventive measures to minimize potential disease transmission, e.g. coughing in your elbow.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Please refrain from politely "shaking hands" when greeting and saying goodbye.
  • Raise awareness of employees of external companies on the site (especially on the FAIR construction site).
  • Further stands with disinfectant will be set up in the entrance areas, at the entry port, and at junctions. Based on the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute, the bathrooms will not be equipped with additional disinfectants. However we again stress the fact that using both water and soap regularly is a very efficient means of reducing the danger of contagion.

Precautionary measures

  • Special risk groups: According to the latest findings, people with previous illnesses (e.g. lung diseases such as asthma, COPD …) or a weakened immune system belong to the group of individuals who are risking a more severe course of the viral disease. If you assume that this applies to you, please contact our company medial service to find out about suitable protective measures to prevent infection.
  • In case of symptoms of illness: Those who are sick should get well and not work. If you have a fever and/or clear signs of respiratory disease, do not drag yourself to work, do not put unnecessary strain on your fellow human beings. If the symptoms of the illness are milder, in consultation with your line-manager, work from your home office rather than risking to infect your colleagues. Contact a doctor (first, by phone!) – outside office hours this can also be done via the emergency medical service: Phone 116 117.
    If you fall ill – at work, at home or on the road – with typical symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, shortness of breath) or have come from an affected region in the last two weeks or have had contact with people infected with coronavirus, please inform your line-manager and the human ressources department directly via the usual channels, for example by email to Krankmeldung.
  • All line-managers are requested to make sure that sick employees stay at home and get well. However, the assessment of whether a person is suspected of having a COVID-19 infection is the sole responsibility of the treating physicians or the public health department!

Status of March 16, 2020

According to the decision of the Hessian government of 13.03.2020, all school and child care centers will be closed from 16.03.2020. Numerous employees are affected by this situation.
The following procedure will be determined by the Management Directorate. The affected employees with children to be cared for, who live in a common household and who are not older than 12 years, please contact their line managers (d, m, w) to agree on the following options (sometimes also combinations).
Further information on ensuring the general operation of the FAIR and GSI sites will be sent out this evening.


Option 1: Preventive closure of care facilities of a member of the employee (e.g. child-care center, school, care for the elderly)
If there is no other possibility of care, e.g. by other family members, or if special health reasons of the person to be cared for require the employee to be present at home, the employee should inform the line manager and the personnel experts responsible for him/her immediately, stating the reasons, also by e-mail.
If the employee cannot be present at his or her place of work or can only be present to a limited extent due to his or her care duties, the employee shall, in consultation with his or her line manager, request home office, leave / compensatory time off (Betriebliche Freizeit (BF)) or - if possible - flexitime until another care option is organized. The Management Directorate emphasizes once again that line managers are authorized to allow employees to work in the home office, but are at the same time requested to maintain the operational functioning of their organizational units. In addition, paid leave of absence of up to three days is possible in accordance with Art. 29 Paragraph 3 Sentence 1 TVöD (Bund). If leave and, if necessary, flextime/time compensation are not sufficient for the care of your relative, an application for unpaid leave of absence must be made (Art. 29 Paragraph 3 Sentence 2 TVöD (Bund)). The corresponding application form will be made available in the course of today on the website "Information Coronavirus".
If there are care obligations towards close relatives who belong to a so-called high-risk group (chronically ill persons, persons with a weakened immune system, patient’s chemotherapy, etc.), we recommend consulting the attending doctors of the person to be cared for. On the basis of appropriate medical recommendations, the line managers, together with the personnel department (responsible personnel experts), examine the possibility of taking paid leave on a daily basis.
If the child is ill, the 10 working days' paid leave of absence via the statutory health insurance companies for child care in accordance with Art. 45 Paragraph 2 SGB V (Social Security Book V) will apply upon presentation of a corresponding certificate.

Option 2: Closure due to confirmed coronavirus infection in a care facility (e.g. child care center, school ...) without any recognizable symptoms in the employee
Due to indirect contact of the carer (employee) in the care facility with a person suffering from coronavirus, the 14-day precautionary measure, i.e. no work at the workplace at FAIR GmbH and GSI GmbH, takes effect as previously reported. The Managing Directorate emphasizes that the line managers are authorized to let employees work in the home office, but at the same time are requested to maintain the operational function of the organizational units. In addition, there is also the possibility of applying for flexitime, leave and BF. If these options cannot be used, please contact the personnel department (Mr. Gottschalk -2844 or Mrs. Sommer -3170). The corresponding application form will be made available on the "Information Coronavirus" website later today.

Application form Coronavirsu - Work and planned absence  (Status of March 27, 2020)

Status of March 05, 2020

  • Confirmed disease with the coronavirus: Please inform, in addition to the line-manager and the human resources department (sick report), especially the coordinator of the newly founded Task Force Health (see below) and responsible for health issues Torsten Radon.
  • Returning from risk areas and/or having been in contact with (possibly) sick persons: If you have had contact in the last two weeks with coronavirus-infected people or people suspected of being infected with the virus or have been in an affected region (e.g. on holiday), we ask you to inform your line-manager as soon as possible, even if you yourself show no symptoms of the disease.
    As a precautionary measure, we would like to suspend the continuation of your work at your workplace at GSI for two weeks in such cases in order to protect your fellow human beings. Your line-manager will discuss with you whether you can continue working in the home office or take flexitime, holiday/unpaid leave and company time off during these two weeks. If a doctor or the health department has clarified that you can resume work, you can also return to work earlier in consultation with your line-manager.

Status of March 05, 2020

  • Minimizing of business trip activities: We kindly ask you to analyze whether the personal presence is required or a business trip could be replaced by e.g. a web-conference
  • We kindly ask you to postpone meetings in case this will result in business trips, especially to concerned regions
  • We kindly ask you to book flexible tariffs, wherever possible in order to react efficiently in case the situation worsened and in the event of changing news about coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) by the Federal Ministry of Health.
     

Decisions valid since January 01, 2020

  • any person – regardless of his/her nationality – returning from travels from and/or via China for both personal and professional reasons, must not enter the campus within two weeks time calculated from his/her return to Germany => “precaution period”.
  • this decision relates to any person working on the campus as well as to all persons wishing to visit the campus in the near future (i.e. within the next three months).
  • we ask all department heads and/or staff to let HR (Mathias Mauer, -1497) know of persons who are travelling to China / have come or will come from travels to or via China, so that HR may contact the relative persons. The names should be communicated to HR immediately, however no later than 5 February 2020.
  • employees wishing to continue working may do so and would use the two weeks “precaution period” for working in their home office. It is also permitted to ask for vacation which may be asked for by email addressed to the relative department head. Department heads are asked to act favorable to such request.

Status of March 05, 2020

  • Until further notice and following consultation and agreement with your superior, there is no time limit on the use of the home office.

Application form Coronavirsu - Work and planned absence (Status of March 27, 2020)

BV Home-Office/ Exceptions for the current situation(Status of March 26, 2020)

Update March 24, 2020

  • The experimental programme will be continued in accordance with the principles for containing the Covid 19 pandemic (see above: Safety Principles during the Covid-19 Pandemic). If for a specific activity safe conditions cannot be met, we will not allow its execution.
  • Also for the experimental program we have followed the same principles: we have been applying progressively tighter safety measures, and when for some of the experiments safe conditions could not be guaranteed they have simply been postponed. The experiments which required the presence of external people have been postponed, keeping only those who can be operated relying only on local personnel. Tight measures of distancing of people working both for the operation of the accelerators and of the experiments are now in place. The ensemble of these measures clearly results in lower overall efficiency, and only a subset of the planned experiments can take place, and will need more time than originally foreseen.
  • Moreover, always in the spirit of safety first, even this reduced program is constantly being re-evaluated and might be further reduced or spotted if appropriate.

Update March 19, 2020

  • So far, we are able to continue the operation of the accelerator facility but need to stop conventional user operation. Due to the present situation where minimizing the spread of the virus is a crucial issue, only the minimum number of people indispensable to operate the experiments should be present on campus. We kindly ask spokespersons of scheduled experiments to inform the beam time coordinator Daniel Severin (beamtime(at)gsi.de) and their local contact person as soon as possible, if they need to postpone their experiment in parts or entirely, so that plans can be adapted accordingly.
  • For the scheduled experiments which cannot be performed due to the current pandemic, every effort will be made to ensure that they can be performed at a later time. The actual plans and procedures  will be decided once we will know how many they are, and what the evolution of the pandemic is.

  • For beam time users the same restrictions apply as given in the paragraph Actions on disease and return from risk areas. For risk areas please see the  website of the Robert Koch Institute (in German only), or the  Federal Ministry of Health, under “Which areas are to be considered risk areas?”.
    On this same page under “What arrangements have been put in place for travellers coming in on flights from risk areas?” and below there is also special information for persons travelling to Germany. Regulations of the guests’ home countries are to be considered as well.

Status of March 13, 2020

  • So far, beam time and the related experimental program will continue as planned., i.e. we welcome the users of our facilities. Beam time users are requested to ensure that they have sufficient human resources to cover the shifts during their experiment. They should inform their local contact person and the beam time coordinator Daniel Severin (beamtime(at)gsi.de) as soon as possible, should they need to cancel their experiment in parts or entirely, so that plans can be adapted accordingly.
  • For beam time users the same restrictions apply as given in the paragraph  Actions on disease and return from risk areas. For risk areas please see the  website of the Robert Koch Institute (in German only), or the  Federal Ministry of Health, under “Which areas are to be considered risk areas?”.
    On this same page under “What arrangements have been put in place for travellers coming in on flights from risk areas?” and below there is also special information for persons travelling to Germany. Regulations of the guests’ home countries are to be considered as well.

 

Update of March 30, 2020

Visits of external guests are not allowed until 30th April 2020

Given the current situation, the Management Board has decided to not allow the visit of external guests, for example scholarship students from collaborations, until 30th April 2020 including. This measure may be extended at a later stage. We will keep you informed by separate information.

Guests already on campus are excluded from this measure.

The health and security of all our staff has highest priority and has led to the above decision. Therefore, we kindly as you to check and to make sure, that guests (d, f, m) are aware of this decision.

 

Status of March 05, 2020

  • Please postpone all meetings, e.g. collaboration meetings, with more than 100 participants as well as events, e.g. works meeting, public talks, public visitor groups, which were planned until April 6, 2020. We will keep you posted in due time if the time span needs to be extended.
  • Based on the current situation, check whether it is possible to postpone meetings with externals, in-house conferences, business trips to external meetings and conferences with reasonable effort and set the course for external participation, e.g. by telephone and web conference, especially by participants from or participation in affected regions.
  • Please raise the awareness of internal and external participants  (e.g. advance info mails) of in-house conferences of how to prudently handle the matter of the coronavirus when participating in person and point out the possibilities of participation via telephone and web conference.

Status of March 05, 2020

  • Establishment of a Task Force Health consisting of representatives of the Management Board, as well as the organisational units SRP, PER, ZDI and BTR and other persons. The aim is to (re)assess the development of the situation with a regular exchange of information and to initiate appropriate escalation routines.  Torsten Radon has been appointed as leading coordinator for the Health Task Force.
  • One of the tasks of the Task Force Health is also to adapt the pandemic plan to current developments of the situation.

Information for planned traineeships

Status of March 18, 2020

Student trainees (d, m, f), who should start their traineeship at GSI in April, will receive an email from PER, that due to the situation the traineeship cannot be started at the moment, but can be made up for at a later date after consultation with the department.

Depending on how the situation develops, this will be continued from month to month.

 

The background to this is that some universities are withdrawing the traineeships anyway, and we can at the same time enter into orderly communication with the supervisors and applicants.

Pandemic Emergency Plan GSI and FAIR

Status of March 26, 2020

General information about the coronavirus

Risk areas are areas where continued human-to-human transmission can be suspected. In order to determine this, the Robert Koch Institute uses various criteria (e.g. frequency of illness, dynamics of the daily reported case numbers, measures (e.g. quarantine of entire cities or areas), exported cases to other countries/regions).The Robert Koch Institute also provides an up-to-date overview of international risk areas and particularly affected areas in Germany (information in German).

Further links

The Federal Ministry of Health regularly publishes information about the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2:)
https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus.html

Important details and advices concerning Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) may be found on the website of the “Robert-Koch-Institut”.
https://www.rki.de/EN/Home/homepage_node.html

Information provided by the Foreign & European Policy for the preparation of business trips:
https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en

 

 


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