Procedures in Case of Emergency in Biomedicum

Please notice that the following routines are applicable to Biomedicum. There may be other routines in other buildings.

In Case of Crisis and Disaster

  1. Dial SOS ALARM: 112
  2. Call Biomedicum guard: +46 (0)8-524 86 447
  3. Call KI Alarm: +46 (0)8-524 80 100
  4. Follow Karolinska Institutet's checklist for workplace accidents

Security Guard

There is a security guard in Biomedicum 24/7 who makes regular rounds of the building. In case of emergency always call the Biomedicum guard for help and assistance.

Biomedicum guard: +46 (0)8-524 86 447

KI campus guard: +46 (0)8-524 86 429 or +46(0)76 134 37 85

In Case of Fire

  • Warn your surroundings.
  • Try to put out the fire if it doesn't involve a risk.
  • Rescue yourself and anyone in the immediate danger area, if you can safely do so.
  • Evacuate the premises by following the green evacuations signs, and go directly to the Biomedicum assembly point that is outside Biomedicum´s entrance between Aula Medica and Biomedicum (see picture below).
  • When safe, immediately Dial SOS ALARM: 112

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.

Read more about the Karolinska Institute fire safety routines on the KI staff pages. 

Map over Biomedicum assembly point in case of fire.
Assembly point outside between Aula Medica and Biomedicum.

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

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.

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 has their own fire cell. 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
Emergency exit sign with a wheelchair.

General Flow Chart

KI has a general flow chart that acts as an action plan in the event of a fire alarm. Please be aware that in Biomedicum there are local details in the evacuation routine that are not specified in the general KI flow chart. 

Evacuation station
Emergency station

Emergency Stations

There are two emergency stations inside every quarter in Biomedicum with the following information and equipment (see picture):

  • Evacuation plan
  • Contact information in case of emergency
  • Fire Warden vest
  • Fire Warden instruction card
  • Rechargeable hand torch 
  • Fire blanket
  • Fire extinguishers
  • First aid
  • Chemical spill kit

If you notice that something is missing from the evacuation stations, please contact FM Helpdesk.


Defibrillator in Biomedicum


Defibrillators are located on all floors from floor 4 to 10 in the stairwell of building A.

Defibrillators are also available at the goods reception on floor 2, by the FM office on floor 2, in the administration quarter A on floor 3, and in the main reception on floor 3.

Operating instructions and quick user guides are available by all defibrillator-stations.

In case of spills or emissions of hazardous chemicals

Quick user guide responding to a cardiac arrest emergency

Chemical Spill Clean-up Help

BELFOR Sverige

  • Mon-Fri 08:00 – 17:00: +46-(0)8-99 99 24 
  • Non-office hours: +46 (0)20-100 140


Chemical spill push button
Chemical spill alarm
  1. Close off the area and put up the “Hazardous Area”-sign found in the chemical spill kit by the nearest emergency station
  2. Alert your colleagues about the spill
  3. If needed, activate the chemical spill evacuation alarm (blue push buttons by the main entrances to each block, see picture). Push for 3 seconds to activate/deactivate the chemical spill alarm. Please note that the alarm is local and therefore does not automatically alert emergency services or security guards. In case of emergency, always call SOS ALARM: 112
  4. Follow the KI Instructions for emergencies such as major spills and emissions of hazardous chemicals
  5. Once the block/quarter has been evacuated, only authorized personnel may enter the premises until decontamination has been completed

In Case of Accidental Release or Spill of Hazardous Chemicals into Sink:

  1. Follow the KI Instructions for emergencies such as major spills and emissions of hazardous chemicals
  2. Contact the following instances immediately and inform about the spill:
  • FM Helpdesk
  • Stockholm Vatten och avfall: +46 (0)8 522 120 00 (office hours), +46(0)8 454 25 70 (outside office hours)
  • KI Environmental unit: +46 (0)8-524 801 00 
  • Käppalaverket (Solna): +46 (0)8-766 67 00 (office hours), +46 (0)8 766 67 36 (outside office hours)
  • Solna municipality: +46 (0)8-734 20 00 (office hours) 

More information is available at the KI staff pages for chemical safety.

Oxygen level alarm. Photo: N/A

Biomedicum Alarms

More information on the different alarms in Biomedicum is available at Akademiska Hus Biomedicum pages.

Oxygen alarm

Oxygen alarms are installed in rooms where for example liquid nitrogen or large volumes of CO2-gas is being handled. The alarm is activated if the oxygen level in the room drops too low. The alarm is local and is indicated by sound and a blue flashing light outside of the room. It is important that the person who sees and hears this alarm checks so that no person is in danger. When the oxygen level is back to normal, the alarm switches off automatically.

Pressure deviation alarm. Photo: N/A

Pressure Deviation Alarm

Cell culture labs and isotope labs are equipped with a pressure deviation alarm. The pressure deviation alarm is local and is indicated by a red and green light in the fore-room. In the event of red light, the door to the room should be closed. When the pressure deviation is back to normal this is indicated by a green light.

Freezer room alarm. Photo: N/A

Freezer Room Alarms 

The freezer rooms at Biomedicum are equipped with security alarms with red push buttons. The alarm is indicated by a siren and a red flashing light outside the room. The alarm is automatically forwarded to the Biomedicum security guards. Alarms are reset inside each room by pressing the green reset button.

Incident Reporting

Any kind of event affecting your physical and psychosocial work environment needs to be reported in KI's electronic incident reporting system. More information on how to report and incident is available on the Staff portal.

You can also report an incident by submitting an anonymous report.

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