UCLouvain hygiene measures


I wash my hands as soon as I arrive and several times a day.

Why wash your hands?

We might touch contaminated objects with our hands, then touch our faces and other objects, allowing a virus to spread quickly. Since it is impossible to ensure safety by disinfecting contact surfaces properly everywhere and at all times, handwashing is essential.

When to wash your hands

Several times a day and specifically:

  • before leaving home and on campus arrival, then before leaving campus and on arrival at home;

  • before touching your face;

  • if hands are visibly dirty;

  • after using the lavatory;

  • before entering and leaving classrooms, computer labs or auditoriums;

  • before and after meal breaks and touching food;

  • after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;

  • after contact with objects or surfaces used or touched by others.

Handwashing tips 

Use soap and water. Hand gel or any other means of disinfection can be used where there is no running water. With frequent use (or even just two or three times per day) gels systematically dry hands. They can also cause dermatitis or even certain eczemas, especially in people who are sensitive or have dry skin problems. In fact, alcohol removes the necessary thin layer of lipids on skin, which gives it its suppleness and healthy appearance. This can cause premature ageing of the skin in the medium term.

Room ventilation

I make sure to maintain correct ventilation of shared premises (offices, meeting rooms, classrooms, kots, etc.)

Pourquoi aérer les locaux ?

Because we know the virus spreads through the air.

When to ventilate a room?

At a minimum, every two hours by:

  • opening windows when possible;
  • taking regular breaks to completely vacate the room.

Work surface disinfection 

I disinfect work surfaces and instruments before and after using them.

Why disinfect surfaces?

Because we know that the virus lasts for several hours, even days, on certain surfaces, and we regularly work with equipment or in shared spaces.

Because we are the only ones who know what equipment we use and when. We are therefore the only ones who can disinfect them at the right time.

When to disinfect surfaces?

For a shared tool or equipment, cleaning is required before and after use.

The cleaning of surfaces and points of contact is to be assessed on a case-by-case basis depending on the number of visitors, the nature of the activity and the human resources available. For meeting rooms, it must be done after every use.

In practice:

Maintenance teams have increased cleaning frequency and disinfect academic spaces on a daily basis, but the disinfection of facilities and work and study environments is a shared responsibility: it is up to everyone to maintain them.

  • Hydroalcoholic solution and sprays containing a cleaning solution are available from those responsible for managing the cleaning of your space. For more information, contact the campus manager  (LLNBruxellesHainaut) ;

  • ‘Washing terminals’ equipped with cleaning solution dispensers and paper towel dispensers, as well as hydroalcoholic solution terminals, are placed in the various academic spaces.

  •  Given space occupancy density and size, cleaning auditoriums between each lesson is not possible, thus students should use the desk pads distributed at the start of the year.