Access and work on CERN site:

Last updated: 18 March 2021

Work on the CERN sites has been resuming with caution and with the implementation of specific COVID-19-related health and safety measures. CERN members of personnel shall work on-site as agreed with their supervisor. Specific instructions apply to ill persons, persons above 65 and vulnerable persons (see below)

Please note that anyone (members of personnel, contractors, visitors or others) returning from a country/area mentioned in at least one of the lists of countries and areas with a high risk of coronavirus infection published by the Swiss or French authorities will not be allowed on CERN sites for 10 days after the date of their return to Switzerland or France.

Users shall come to the sites only if thus instructed by the Experiment Spokespersons or Technical Coordinators and in agreement with their home institutions.

The COVID-19 safety course must be successfully completed for access to the CERN by all members of personnel and contractors.

All members of personnel and contractors who are newcomers to CERN must take note of CERN instructions on COVID-19 related health and safety measures , CERN instructions on COVID-19 related health and safety measure for contractors and complete the self-declaration form, which is mandatory to access the sites.

The use of a Proximeter to trace the close contacts will be mandatory as from the 1st of March.*

(ref: Annex 1; ch.1 & 2)

 

Access to CERN sites for people with vulnerabilities

Part of CERN’s duty of care is to protect the health of persons with vulnerabilities, for whom the consequences of an infection may be more serious. In this context the following measures are in place at CERN:

•Members of personnel aged 65 and over: on-site access is not allowed, unless they are called by their supervisor or Technical Coordinator for high-priority activities.
•Members of personnel with vulnerabilities, including those with vulnerabilities and pregnant women: specific protection measures shall be set up by the hierarchy. For members of the CERN personnel, the protection measures shall be discussed with the vulnerable person concerned and shall be verified by HSE.
•Contractors shall comply with applicable national laws with respect to work on the CERN site of persons with vulnerabilities regarding COVID-19. 

(ref: Annex 1; ch. 2.2)

 

Access to CERN sites for visitors

Professional visits deemed essential for CERN may be allowed, if approved by the relevant Department Head or experiment Spokesperson. Prior to access, visitors must receive all the relevant safety information including CERN’s instruction on COVID-19 related health and safety measures.

All visitors shall complete the self-declaration form, which is mandatory to access the CERN sites.

Please note that visitors arriving from a country or area mentioned in at least one of the lists of countries and areas with a high risk of coronavirus infection published by the Swiss or French authorities will not be allowed on CERN sites during 10 days upon arrival.

(ref: Annex 1; ch 2.4)

 

Access for retirees and family members


Retirees, including honorary members of the personnel, may not come on-site except for exceptional access to on-site facilities, such as bank safes. Members of the families of CERN personnel may access the Meyrin site only to drop-off and pick-up their children at the Jardin des Particules. Family members may not use the CERN restaurants.

 

*Proximeter :

Proximeter training A new online course “COVID-19 - Proximeter & Contact Tracing” is available via the Safety Training catalogue on CERN’s Learning Hub. To enrol, click here: https://lms.cern.ch/ekp/servlet/ekp?PX=N&TEACHREVIEW=N&CID=EKP000043651&TX=FORMAT1&LANGUAGE_TAG=*ALL*&DECORATEPAGE=N. The course explains the purpose and use of the Proximeter, covering:

•the contact tracing procedure, key to breaking the chain of COVID-19 infection;
•details about the working principle of the device and data processing matters;
•instructions on the proper usage of the device.

The course also stresses again the importance of respecting COVID-19 related health and safety measures. The course is not mandatory, but everyone is encouraged to take it.

The functioning of the proximeter is explained in document EDMS 2420664 and on the Service-desk page on which you find for example the explanation of the different LED colors.

The wearing of the proximeter on site shall be mandatory as from the 1st of March 2021. Exceptions apply for short term visitors or emergency interventions by contractors, users of the CERN hostel within the hostel and parents of children in the Jardin des Particules who are not members of the personnel.