Laws and provisions applicable to Karolinska Institutet

Laws and ordinances

  • Work Environment Act
  • Work Environment Ordinance
  • Other labour laws (e.g. working hours act, co-determination at work act, protection of employment act and vacation act)
  • Social Insurance Act (regulates for example the work injury insurance and employers’ responsibility for job adaptation and rehabilitation)
  • Protection Against Accidents Act (e.g. fire protection work)
  • Discrimination Act (seven grounds for discrimination at work/in studies)
  • Tobacco Act (revised 1 July 2019 regarding prohibited smoking in or close to a public entrance)
  • Environmental Act
  • Regulations on chemicals (Kemikalieinspektionen)
  • Regulations on radiation protection (Strålskyddsmyndigheten)
  • Regulations on electrical safety (Elsäkerhetsverket)
  • Planning and building Act (Boverket)

Provisions (AFS)

General provisions (on systematic methods)

  • 1994:01 Job adaptation and rehabilitation (will be replaced 1 June 2021 by AFS 2020:5 Job adaptation)
  • 1999:07 First aid and crisis support
  • 2001:01 Systematic work environment management (amended 2008)

Organizational and social aspects

  • 1982:03 Working alone
  • 1982:17 Notes on on-call duty, overtime etc. (amended 2001)
  • 1993:02 Violence and threat at work
  • 2015:04 Organizational and social work environment

Ergonomics, workplace design, warning signs etc.

  • 1998:05 Work with visual display units (amended 2014)
  • 2008:13 Signs and signals (amended 2018)
  • 2012:02 Ergonomics (musculoskeletal) (amended 2019)
  • 2020:01 Workplace design/layout (came into force 1 January 2021)

Technical devices, machines, physical factors etc.

  • 1981:14 Protection against injury from falling
  • 1981:15 Protection against injury from materiel collapse
  • 1999:03 Building and civil engineering work (amended 2015)
  • 2001:03 Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) (amended 2011)
  • 2003:06 Inspection of lifting devices and other technical devices (amended 2014)
  • 2004:03 Ladders and trestles (amended 2014)
  • 2005:15 Vibrations (amended 2019)
  • 2005:16 Noise
  • 2006:04 Use of work equipment (amended January 2021)
  • 2006:06 Use of lifting devices and lifting accessories (amended 2011)
  • 2008:03 Machines (amended 2017)
  • 2009:07 Artificial optical radiation (amended 2019)
  • 2013:04 Scaffolding
  • 2016:03 Electromagnetic fields

Medicine, biology and chemistry

  • 1997:07 Gases (amended 2017)
  • 2005:05 Cytostatics and other medical drugs with permanent toxic effect (amended 2009)
  • 2005:06 Medical controls in working life (amended 2019)
  • 2011:02 Contained use of genetically modified microorganisms (amended 2018)
  • 2011:19 Chemical hazards in the working environment (amended September 2020)
  • 2018:01 Hygienic emission limits (amended September 2020)
  • 2018:04 Infection risks (amended in April 2020 due to Covid-19)
  • 2020:09 Special provisions re. PPE due to Covid-19 (came into force 1 January 2021). N.B Applies to healthcare services.

Work with animals

  • 1990:11 Work with laboratory animals
  • 2008:17 Work with animals

Pressurized devices etc.

  • 2016:01 Pressure equipment
  • 2016:02 Simple pressure vessels
  • 2017:03 Use and control of pressurized devices (amended in February 2021)

Provisions for special groups of employees

  • 2007:05 Pregnant and breastfeeding employees (amended 2018)
  • 2012:03 Minors at work (amended 2018)