Fire Safety in Biomedicum

Here you find routines and regulations for fire safety

In case of fire

Read more about Karolinska Institutet routines in case of activated fire alarm on the KI staff pages. 

In case of fire:

  • Save yourself and persons that are in immediate danger.
  • Alarm SOS - Call: 112.
  • Try to extinguish the fire if it doesn't involve a risk! 
  • Close door/doors that are adjacent to the fire.
  • Evacuate to the assembly point by following the green evacuations signs. (See assembly point in the picture below.)
  • Wait in the assembly point until further notice have been given by the Fire bridge or Akademiska hus. Do not enter the building until it is ensured that the building is safe!

The fire alarm at Solna Campus and Biomedicum automatically alerts the Stockholm Fire Brigade. However, it is important to always call SOS ALARM 112 to give them more information regarding the fire.

Map over Biomedicum assembly point in case of fire.
Biomedicum assembly point in case of fire (main entrance courtyard facing Aula Medica, Solnavägen 9). Photo: Private

Evacuation Strategy in Case of Fire Alarm

Biomedicum has a comprehensive technical fire protection which means that it is not always necessary to evacuate. Whether you need to evacuate or not depends on where in the building the fire is located.

Step 1

You should therefor always check the nearest fire display for where in the building the fire has been detected. If the fire alarm is not activated in your quarter or in the area you are located in, you do not need to evacuate. It is however important that you stay alert and are prepared to evacuate if needed, there could be a bigger evacuation of the whole building! . Based on the alarm, measures and escape routes can be assessed.

Fire display
Fire display. The fire displays are placed near each emergency station (inside the quarters and in the common areas) and near elevator groups. If a fire alarm has been activated in the building, all fire displays will flash and possibly make a sound. The display informs where in the building a fire has been detected. Photo: private

Step 2

If the fire display indicates an activated fire alarm in the area where you are: follow the green evacuation signs and get to the assembly point. If you are not able to evacuate via the stairs and get to the official assembly point, follow the emergency evacuation signs with a wheelchair symbol. The signs lead to temporary evacuation stations that are their own fire cells. The stations are located in the stairwells of the A and C houses on each floor, except for the 3rd floor, where the evacuation route leads directly to an emergency exit outdoors. Do not use the elevators in case of a fire alarm.

Emergency exit sign. Photo: Jennie Eldh Bastman
emergency exit sign
Emergency exit sign with wheelchair. Photo: private
fire warden

Evacuation Leaders/Fire Wardens

Since KI employees are highly mobile and have a high staff turnover, Biomedicum do not have appointed Evacuation leaders. The organization is based on the strategy that anyone can act as an evacuation leader.

In the event of an evacuation situation, the first person to reach the evacuation station puts on the vest and follows the instructions on the Evacuation leader instruction card.

The Evacuation leaders are responsible to check through the premises and instructing colleagues to evacuate to the assembly point. However, it is important to emphasize that everyone has a personal responsibility to evacuate, and to follow the Evacuation leader's instructions.

It is the Evacuation leader who has contact with a technician from Akademiska Hus or the Fire Brigade when they arrive on site for announcing – when confirmed by the Fire Brigade or the technician – that it is safe for employees to re-enter the building.

Read more about the Biomedicum evacuation strategy at procedures in case of emergency in Biomedicum.

Fire safety training

It is important that you feel safe on campus and at your workplace. Knowing what to do in the event of an fire alarm and how to deal with a fire at your workplace is an important part of this, as is knowing how to prevent fires within the context of your work.

KI offers all employees fire safety training, including both theoretical and practical content.

Workplace introductions

In addition to KI fire safety training, new employees should also be given an introduction in workplace fire safety.

The group leaders are responsible for ensuring that new employees receive introductions, but it is normally the Fire Safety Controller at the quarter who carries out the actual induction.

A checklist has been drawn up, detailing the points that employees need to know about fire safety in the workplace.

Gas sign Biomedicum

Note that premises, or part of premises, where open handling of flammable goods may cause an explosive atmosphere, requires EX classification and an area classification plan. To avoid explosive environments to arise it is preferable to handle flammable goods in closed systems or in ventilated areas (fume hood, benches etc). For more information, see KI's rules for flammable goods.

Fire Safety organization in Biomedicum

The KI’s fire safety organisation is designed so that the departments themselves can take responsibility for the working environment and deal with fire safety issues that arise within their operations.

The Facility Management support the departments and work to inform, guide and organize fire safety activities at Biomedicum.

By working systematically with fire safety, KI shall ensure that the risk of a fire breaking out and the consequences of such an event are minimized as far as possible. Preventive action, training, self-monitoring, routines and guidelines play key roles here.

As an individual, you have an important part to play in minimizing the risk of a fire, and everyone at KI has a joint responsibility to protect our working environment.

It is the responsibility of all staff to follow the KI fire safety rules, to daily make sure that evacuation routes are kept clear and problems with emergency showers, fire blankets or fire extinguishers are reported to the fire safety representative.


  • DAILY: Evacuation routes should be kept clear and problems with emergency showers, fire blankets or fire extinguishers should be reported to the fire safety supervisor.
    Responsible: All staff
  • QUARTERLY: Inspection of emergency routes, emergency signs, emergency showers and fire blankets. Ensuring that fire extinguishers are checked. Any problems are reported to the fire safety supervisor
    Responsible: The fire safety controllers
  • ANNUALLY: External party revisions of fire extinguishers.
    Responsible: Central administration at Karolinska Institutet and Akademiska Hus.

Biomedicum's fire safety representative

Biomedicum's flammable goods representive

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Johanna Steen

Team Manager

Flammable goods controller

1-2 persons from each quarter or group

FM is responsible for all common areas.

Fire safety controller

1-2 persons from each quarter or group 

FM is responsible for all common areas.

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