01.12.2020

Safety precautions at OeAW facilities

Here you will find frequently asked questions and answers about the most important corona-related safety precautions at the OeAW.

Who may access the buildings of the OeAW?

Who may access the buildings of the OeAW?

In line with the recommendations of the Austrian Federal Government, all staff members work from home wherever possible. If on site presence is strictly necessary due to technological demands or administrative necessity to maintain operations, staff members may access the buildings of the Academy. Staff members are asked to get prior approval from their supervisor.

We ask for your understanding that, for safety reasons, external visits are only possible in exceptional cases and after approval by a supervisor. 

Do I have to wear a mask in the building?

Do I have to wear a mask in the building?

In accordance with the currently applicable guidelines of the Austrian federal government, we urge you to cover your mouth and nose in general and publicly accessible areas of the OeAW. In any case, you must keep a distance of at least one meter to other people.

Can I follow events online?

Can I follow events online?

According to the current regulations implemented by the Austrian government, no public events are currently taking place at the OeAW. As an alternative, the OeAW provides a wide range of online lectures. The OeAW's event calendar shows which events can be followed online. Video reports on research at the OeAW can also be found on the OeAW's YouTube channel.

How can I reach employees of the Academy?

How can I reach employees of the Academy?

The easiest way to contact individual employees is via their individual email addresses. If you do not know the email address, you can find an individual employee using the search function on the OeAW website. The main contact persons at the Academy headquarters are listed on the website. If you want to get in contact with the OeAW in general, please write to webmaster(at)oeaw.ac.at.

Where can I find current information on the coronavirus and safety measures in Austria?

Where can I find current information on the coronavirus and safety measures in Austria?

The website of the Federal Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection offers current information about the coronavirus and the situation in Austria. 

How can I protect myself and others?

How can I protect myself and others?

According to the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), the following measures are recommended:

• Wash your hands several times a day with soap and water or a disinfectant containing alcohol.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.

• Avoid direct contact with other people (minimum distance 1 m).

Further recommendations can be found on the website of the Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine (ÖGHMP).

With regard to stays abroad, please note the current travel warnings from the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, which can also change at short notice.

What should I do if I feel unwell?

What should I do if I feel unwell?

If you suspect you are infected or have symptoms (most common: fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing), stay at home and contact the health advice call center on 1450. The number is available 24 hours a day. OeAW employees should inform their superiors immediately.

When am I not allowed to enter the OeAW?

When am I not allowed to enter the OeAW?

If you suspect that you are infected or have symptoms (most commonly: fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing) related to the coronavirus, you are not allowed to enter the OeAW. Please contact the health advice call center on 1450 and follow the instructions given by the federal or regional agencies.

An overview of the most well-known symptoms of coronavirus infection can be found on the World Health Organization website.

Current information and advice about the coronavirus can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection.

am an employee of the Academy. Where do I find further information?

am an employee of the Academy. Where do I find further information?

On the intranet (via VPN) staff members will find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding general rules of conduct, health, working from home, traveling, quarantine and absence from work. Those FAQs will be updated regularly.

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