Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) continues to take precautionary measures to support the health, well-being, and safety of our community members and their families. We are also working to minimize the risk of spreading the virus.
In the spirit of transparency and awareness, we want to share some information about these ongoing efforts as we continue to serve HBKU community members.
Supporting our team’s health and safety while minimizing risk
HBKU has a Health & Safety Office located in the HBKU Research Complex that supports the HBKU community and entities across Education City. This office is following the below precautions, which are provisional and may change as new data and guidance emerges:
1. Facilities locked down with access restricted
As the number of confirmed cases continues to rise, HBKU is following Qatar Foundation directions and has extended the work-from-home period. As such, we are now asking all team members to work remotely. All HBKU facilities are locked down except for critical operations and emergencies.
During this period, the HBKU safety team will continue supporting staff and contractors, and providing daily site observations and advice on best practices for a safe workplace, overseeing and ensuring good housekeeping and decontamination practices, as well as recommending proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitizers as required. The HBKU safety team can be reached for enquiries, access requests, and emergencies, by email at and , or on the landline on 44540191.
As working remotely raises the possibility of making certain functions and roles more difficult, we are ensuring that all team members who require access to their resources and equipment to continue functioning securely will remain safe.
HBKU values our partner staff and contractors, including our cleaning crews and security who support us on a daily basis. Our Safety Workplace Experience teams are actively working to limit the impact our temporary lockdown measures will have on all these partner staff members across all offices.
2. Recommendation to suspend all business travel and personal travel
Although HBKU places a high value on community involvement and in-person interaction, HBKU has temporarily canceled all conference attendance, inter-office travel, and other business-related trips. QF previously asked for caution with personal international travel, and we reiterate that guidance. We are closely monitoring developments in governmental travel restrictions. Full details are available here.
3. Following best health practices
HBKU has encouraged all team members to follow responsible health procedures to protect themselves and the people they come into contact with. While we have established the above measures as a university, we are also circulating the following tips to promote safe practices among individuals:
4. Promoting a positive and productive remote work experience
Some of the tips for holding meetings over video conference include:
5. Safe workplace practice (for community members working onsite)
Measures to limit the spread and prevent infection:
Preventing the spread of infection at work:
Here are a few helpful resources on COVID-19:
Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU’s) IT team is committed to ensuring educational and research continuity. To support our community members during the period of remote working, students, faculty, researchers and staff have access to the following: