The cold season has begun. Since the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has published new recommendations, the "Plan for dealing with mild cold symptoms" recently drawn up by the crisis team is outdated and can therefore no longer be viewed under this heading.
Due to the imminent exhaustion of the corona test capacities, the Robert Koch Institute now recommends that for symptoms of respiratory diseases such as
cold, cough or sore throat
to reduce personal contacts as much as possible. If such symptoms are present, please check whether you can work from home or whether you need to recover. If in doubt, please obtain the recommendation of your doctor.
In the event of illness, the general provisions on incapacity for work apply. If you have any signs of illness, please report to your office or to your responsible manager as usual that you are unfit for work. If you are sick for more than 3 days, you must submit a certificate of incapacity to work from your doctor.
In addition, a ban on entering the quarantine area for a period of seven days after return applies to those persons who have a medical certificate stating a negative result of a CoViD-19 test using the PCR method (currently possible at the earliest 5 days after entry or return), as they may still be in the incubation period for SARS-CoV-2.
Returnees from domestic areas with a particular history of infection (more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants cumulatively in the past 7 days) are not subject to these restrictions. Whether the upper limit of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants has been exceeded can be seen in the latest reports from the Robert Koch Institute.
Recommendations for the employment of risk patients (including chronically ill persons, persons with previous illnesses and weakened immune systems):
If the general hygiene and infection protection measures are observed - in particular, maintaining a minimum distance of one and a half meters from other persons, and if necessary, working at different times and wearing a mouth-nose cover if the distance is temporarily below the minimum distance, then according to the relevant publications of the occupational health community, work at the workplace is also possible for members of the risk groups (so-called low exposure risk). The TU Braunschweig aligns their risk assessment with the other universities in Lower Saxony. If such a workplace can be offered to employees, there is no need for risk groups to stay away from the workplace for reasons of protection against infection.
The only exception is if the staff unit for occupational safety and the occupational medical service have determined a medium risk of exposure. In cases of doubt or conflict, please consult the occupational medical service and the occupational safety unit in consultation with your superiors in order to determine how a return to the workplace can be made possible in individual cases.
A medical certificate stating that the person concerned belongs to a risk group is still required, but is no longer sufficient in itself to obtain a permit for mobile working without attendance times. If, after consultation with the occupational medical service and the occupational safety unit, risk patients continue to fear that there is a medium or even high risk of exposure at their place of work and that it may therefore not be possible to work in the unit, the employee must submit an occupational health report on the specific risk situation at the individual workplace. This occupational health report could possibly be subject to a charge, as it must be based on an analysis of the special circumstances of the presence work, without the description of which no restriction of use can be derived. Unfortunately, the costs of an external assessment cannot be borne by the department, as the services of the occupational medical service and the occupational safety unit are also available for an expert opinion.
Please note: A release from work duties can only be considered if the employee is found to be unfit for work. (see information sheet on incapacity for work, available in the information portal).
The same applies to employees who live together with relatives from a risk group or provide personal care for them. In this regard, too, we would ask superiors to consider the employment opportunities in accordance with the medical recommendations regarding the type and extent of the employee or the employee providing care.
 A medium risk of exposure may exist in workplaces where, even after appropriate hygiene measures have been taken, there is still frequent and/or close contact of less than 1.5 metres with other people possibly infected with SARS-CoV-2 but not diagnosed. This may be the case, for example, in schools or comparable working environments with a high density of people; a high or very high risk of exposure may exist in workplaces where people are exposed to Covid 19 patients, for example in a hospital ward with COVID 19 patients.
A quarantine order is issued by the local health authority. If you receive such an order, please forward a copy of it to Human resources (Department 12 abt12-corona-meldung(at)tu-braunschweig.de) and follow the instructions of the Health Office. Only if an official order of quarantine has been issued by the authorities can claims for continued remuneration be examined.
Meetings in the team should be avoided if possible. Here, too, make sure that the safety distances are as large as possible and that the hygiene rules are observed. If possible, use the possibilities of telephone and video conferences - as well as the presidency and the crisis management team.
Whether, with how many people and under which conditions meetings are possible depends on the current operating stage in which the TU Braunschweig is actually located. For further information, please refer to the TU Braunschweig's operational stage plan.
The management of the respective organizational unit is responsible for ensuring that the requirements of the currently applicable operational stage, the framework hygiene plan (minimum distance of one and a half meters, floor space per person 10 m² and adherence to ventilation intervals of at least once per hour) are met for meetings with official matters.
During meetings and conventions at the TU Braunschweig, the use of masks is mandatory. With mutual agreement, masks can be taken off at meetings of up to 3 persons.
What you do in your free time is your private matter. However, when planning your travel, please note that your entitlement to continued payment of your remuneration for the period of possible domestic isolation after you return home may be waived if you travel to a particularly affected country or area for several days contrary to an existing travel warning issued by the German Foreign Office or a warning issued by the Robert Koch Institute. Please also note that as an employee you bear the so-called "travel risk" for a late return from your vacation. If, for example, you are stuck abroad because return flights to Germany have been cancelled or borders closed, your entitlement to continued payment of your salary may not apply for the period of your delayed return.
Health and infection protection have top priority. Therefore, please continue to reduce business trips to the absolute minimum and replace them with digital formats such as web or telephone conferences wherever possible.
Urgent and mandatory domestic business trips (not to a risk area) which cannot be replaced by digital communication formats and which fall under the following definition of standard business trips can still be approved by your responsible manager/supervisor.
Standard Business Trips:
In the case of urgent and absolutely necessary domestic business trips (not to a risk area), which exclusively lead to another state institution or authority (e.g. to another university, college, non-university research institution, ministry or comparable public institution), it can be assumed that comparable work safety and hygiene regulations as those at TU Braunschweig apply and are observed there. The same applies to business trips that lead exclusively to cooperation partners in the business world who can present an occupational safety concept for their group or company and who are responsible for its compliance. Provided that safe arrival and departure and a safe stay on site are guaranteed, the responsible supervisors can now approve such business trips again under their own responsibility. Please justify the necessity of your business trip to your supervisor in writing and enclose with your business trip application the checklist for checking compliance with hygiene guidelines during business trips from the Infoportal. Please make sure that the business trip application is signed by the applicant and the responsible manager and the checklist is signed by the applicant.
In addition, there are still so-called exceptional business trips which must be submitted to the Occupational Safety Section for examination of the hygiene concepts and for approval and confirmation of the exceptional business trips. If concerns regarding the safety of the business travelers cannot be dispelled even after consultation with the responsible unit and the University Medical Service, such doubtful cases must continue to be submitted to the crisis management team for consultation.
Exceptional Business Trips are:
Urgent and absolutely necessary business trips abroad that do not lead to foreign risk areas
Urgent and absolutely necessary business trips to domestic destinations where uncontrolled corona infection is known to occur (risk areas/"hot spots" = more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants cumulatively in the last 7 days)
Urgent and absolutely necessary business trips of several persons, for which the legal minimum distance cannot be kept on the occasion of the arrival and departure or on the occasion of the stay or activity on site
Urgent and absolutely necessary business trips to congresses that are not held at a college or university
Urgent and absolutely necessary business trips to project meetings and meetings with more than 5 participants with the exception of project meetings and meetings that take place at a college/university or with a project partner who can present a hygiene concept and vouches for its compliance
In order to obtain a special permit, the special reasons for which the business trip to the foreign risk area is urgent and absolutely necessary must be explained.
Since 26 October 2020 there is a ban on business trips to foreign risk areas. Business trips to foreign risk areas should no longer be approved, and business trips to foreign risk areas that have already been approved and are planned should no longer be undertaken. In particularly justified cases of hardship, the Presidium may grant a separate exemption. An appropriate application for exemption must be submitted to the crisis management team via the Occupational Safety Section for recommendation to the Presidium. The journey may only be started if the Presidium has granted an exceptional permission after 21 October 2020. For an exceptional permission, the special reasons for which the business trip to the foreign risk area is urgent and absolutely necessary must be explained.
What you do in your free time is your private matter. However, when planning your trip, please note that your entitlement to continued payment of your remuneration for the period of possible domestic isolation after you return home may be waived if you travel to a particularly affected country or area for several days in contravention of an existing travel warning issued by the Federal Foreign Office https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/covid-19/2296762 or a warning issued by the Robert Koch Institute https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/nCoV.html. Please also note that as an employee you bear the so-called "travel risk" for a late return from your holiday.
For example, if you are stuck abroad because return flights to Germany have been cancelled or borders have been closed, your entitlement to continued payment of your wages may be cancelled for the period of your delayed return.
In order to keep the risk of infection for all employees, students and guests of the TU Braunschweig as low as possible, the buildings of our university are still closed to the public. We ask for the understanding of all those interested in higher education and science and of all guests. If you have a justified interest, please arrange an appointment with the respective institutes and facilities.
Expressly excluded are persons who require access in the course of their official duties. Also excluded are tradesmen and suppliers. The institutes and facilities are still required to accept deliveries. The facilities are requested to make the restriction of access rights known by posting the printed documents provided to them in clearly visible places in the entrance areas of the buildings (German and English).
In justified individual cases, students and prospective students may be granted access, e.g. for compulsory internships, but only after prior appointment with the responsible office.
Because we take care of each other: Obligation to wear a mouth-nose cover
Persons entering buildings of the TU Braunschweig are obliged to wear a mouth-nose cover. This applies in all traffic and meeting areas, especially in door and entrance areas, passageways, corridors, staircases, elevators, sanitary and communal facilities as well as tea kitchens and facilities with heavy public traffic, such as the university library. The masks can be removed when one person is alone in the room. If there is more than one person in the room, the following conditions must be met:
at least 10 square meters of space per person are available
the minimum distance of 1.5 m is safely maintained
the room is regularly ventilated.
Irrespective of this, there is an obligation to wear a textile mouth-nose cover in accordance with § 3 (1) and (3) of the Lower Saxony Corona Ordinance of 07.10.2020 in closed rooms which are accessible to the public or within the framework of visitor and customer traffic, i.e. for all visitors and customers in areas open to the public. In these areas, the mouth-nose cover can only be removed by employees for the purpose of carrying out their professional activities.
The state of Lower Saxony has announced that it will expand childcare from June 22, 2020. Please refer to the press, the homepage of the State of Lower Saxony and the announcements of your childcare facility for information on the current status.
For all employees and members of the TU Braunschweig, a hotline has been set up: (0531-391) 888812
The telephone helpline is:
Monday to Thursday from 9 to 15 o'clock and
Friday from 9 to 12 o'clock occupied.
Your questions and problems, if they cannot be answered directly, will be recorded and forwarded to the responsible office of the crisis management. You will receive a call back or information by email as soon as possible.
Overview of the areas from department 12 that are processed for you: