RISE internal guidelines regarding the coronavirus
(Preamle updated August 19, 4.15 PM)
RISE has a contingency team that is following developments and holding regular coronavirus debriefing meetings. The contingency team continuously decides on guideline updates based on the recommendations of Swedish authorities. They apply even if you have previously had covid-19 or have been vaccinated.
(Updated September 1, 2 PM)
Be aware that other restrictions may be applicable for other countries, and that local recommendations within Sweden may apply.
Employees with symptoms
All who feel sick with symptoms like a runny nose, cough or fever shall not meet other people in person. RISE employees shall not go to work and shall call in sick to their manager. This applies even to those who just feel a little sick.
We urge employees to visit the website 1177.se to see the guidelines for COVID-19 testing in their home region, if your symptoms do not go away within 24 hours. Those tested for for COVID-19, waiting for test results, must act as if they have COVID-19, which means staying at home and avoiding meeting other people in person.
If an employee has been diagnosed with confirmed covid-19 infection, they must notify their most immediate supervisor immediately. It’s important to be aware that COVID-19 is a generally and socially hazardous disease under the Communicable Diseases Act. As a result, all are required to comply with rules for preventing the spread of infection.
If an employee, or someone close to them, has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection, we urge them to find more information on how to act, throughThe Public Health Agency (Folkhälsomyndigheten)'s website.
The public health agency of Sweden has resolved on stricter general recommendations in several regions. Their web page contains information on where in Sweden local general recommendations are applicable. Each one is solely responsible for staying up to date on the rules in their region.
Individual employees that belong to the risk group or that has someone in their immediate surroundings that belong to the risk group, we encourage to keep a dialogue with their manager about how the situation should be handled
Employees whose tasks can be performed remotely are expected to work from home in order to limit the spread of infection. This policy applies until 31 October 2021. Return to the workplace is expected to take place no sooner than 1 November.
Employees that cannot work remotely are to assess, in dialogue with their most immediate supervisor, whether it’s possible to take other measures to enable compliance with the authorities’ guidelines as far as possible, in line with business needs. This may involve doing part of their work from home or working flexible hours.
At our workplaces, employees must maintain a safe distance, avoid large social gatherings, regularly wash their hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitiser. Of course, this also applies to common areas such as break rooms and lunch restaurants. Local rules and other instructions must always be respected.
Risk assessments of the work environment will be conducted on an ongoing basis at our workplaces and for the employees working remotely. If you have questions or opinions about the work environment, contact your most immediate supervisor.
As regards customers and partners visiting our workplaces, the same precautionary measures apply as for our employees, in other words, in compliance with our internal policies.It’s important that you inform visitors of the applicable policies.
Meetings and visits to clients
Meetings should primarily be held digitally, both internal meetings and meetings with customers and partners. This policy applies until 31 October 2021. In-person meetings with the closest team, meaning the units or management teams, can be conducted in a limited extend as of 1 October 2021. A risk assessment must be made by the responsible manager before each meeting and appropriate measures are to be taken.
If an employee needs to travel to visit a customer or perform an assignment, they also need to check what COVID-19 guidelines that are in place for the relevant customer’s company or organisation and if there are local rules in place in the region.
A travel ban is in place for all international travel. Exemptions must be granted by the SVP or Function Head. Already planned and booked travel is also subject to approval before it will be permitted.
For domestic travel, a travel ban remains in effect except for business-critical meetings. Such travel must be cleared with the SVP or Function Head. This helps to limit the spread of infection, contributes to our sustainability and is part of controlling our costs. As of 1 October 2021, occasional domestic business trips will be allowed in connection to in-person meetings with the closest team, meaning the units or management teams.
The travel restrictions helps to limit the spread of infection, contributes to our sustainability and is part of controlling our costs.
For all travel, we ask that you follow the recommendations of Folkhälsomyndigheten and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Folkhälsomyndigheten stresses the importance of any travel being made safely in terms of infection control. Do not travel if you have symptoms, keep your distance and avoid means of transport where it is not possible to book your own seat.
You also need to ensure that you can isolate yourself at your destination or get home in a safe way from an infection control point of view if you develop symptoms of covid-19.
If you have visited a country outside the Nordic region it is recommended that you do a PCR-test upon arrival to Sweden. When entering from countries that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against, the Swedish Public Health Agency recommends that you do a test upon arrival and also five days after arrival. You should also isolate yourself for a week after arriving in Sweden.
As regards national and international events, they will be converted into digital or hybrid events*. Otherwise, they will be postponed. This policy applies until 31 October 2021. We recommend digital solutions as a first choice until 31 December 2021.
Internal training and planned gatherings until October 31, 2021 will be held digitally or postponed to a later date.
Training for customers will be converted into digital or hybrid courses*. This policy applies until 31 October 2021. If part of training needs to take place on our premises, the training can be held on the condition that compliance with Folkhälsomyndigheten’s applicable guidelines can be ensured.
Please visit our education catalogue to see guidelines for external courses, workshops, seminars, etcetera.
Our ambition is to continue with ongoing recruitment processes. If, for any reason, a recruitment process needs to be paused, ended or is thought to take longer time than planned, we will inform the candidates about this. We follow the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Sweden, and therefore interviews might be held digitally.
Our operations continues
In addition to the consideration of everyones health , we carry on working for sustainable growth in Sweden by strengthening the competitiveness and development of industries. We do this by a continuous delivery on our assignments and by contributing with our expertise in finding solutions to shared challenges - for both companies and society as a whole.