Protective Measures for People at Especially High Risk

Return to On-Site Operations: Safety Concept for UZH

To ensure a careful return to on-site operations, the Executive Board of the University has approved a new safety concept. This safety concept aims to protect all people entering UZH premises against coronavirus infection as best as possible. Part of the concept is a review of the workplace situation for people at high risk, handled by their superiors. For more details, please check section 4 of the following document: 
Basic Safety Concept for the University of Zurich (PDF, 444 KB)

Who is at especially high risk of getting seriously ill and therefore requires particular protection?

  • People with chronic medical conditions that weaken the immune system, such as congenital or acquired immune deficiency, cancer or transplants
  • People taking medication or receiving treatments that weaken the immune system, such as monoclonal antibodies, cytostatic drugs, steroids or biologic drugs
  • People with chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or high blood pressure
  • People over the age of 65

Responsibilities of affected employees (incl. PhD candidates) and their supervisors

  • In order for supervisors to be able to protect employees who are at especially high risk, they need to be aware of the risk factor. Employees who fall into a high risk group should inform their supervisor or line manager. It is not necessary for them to say which of the above-mentioned risk factors applies in their case.
  • Supervisors should inform their employees of the special protection measures and talk to employees who are at especially high risk, provided the supervisor is aware of the risk.
  • If you are a supervisor or employee and have any questions or doubts about assessing the health situation or about the necessary measures, you can contact the Occupational Medicine team within the Safety, Security and Environment Office (see contacts in the top right corner).
  • In case of questions about the working situation or disagreement about measures, supervisors or employees can choose to involve the HR consultant responsible for their area. (see contacts in the top right corner)
  • Supervisors are requested to offer these options to their employees on the basis of mutual trust (i.e. a doctor’s certificate is generally not necessary).
  • If no alternative measures (e.g. working from home) are possible, a doctor’s note would need to be provided in due course.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy always presents a special situation. If you are unsure whether particular protective measures need to be taken due to the current coronavirus situation to protect employees who are pregnant, you can contact the Occupational Medicine team within the Safety, Security and Environment Office.