Safety representatives at KI

Being elected safety representative is one of the most important statements of confidence you can have from your colleagues. The tasks of the safety representative are to monitor protection against illness and accidents at work, and to ensure that the employer is in compliance with the Swedish Work Environment Act’s requirements for systematic work environment measures.

Elect and announce a safety representative

The elected safety representative shall be a person with insight into and an interest in the work environment. The employees at the workplace elect their safety representative, i.e. who is to represent them on issues involving the work environment. Subsequently, the trade unions (ST (OFR), SACO and Seko) formally appoint the safety representative. If the employees have elected a local safety representative who does not belong to a trade union it is SACO that formally appoint the safety representative. 

Notification of a safety representative should be made on a special (digital) form that automatically sends the notification to one of our three main safety representatives, as well as our trade unions. Please note that it is only once the employer has registered the safety representative that he/she can legally act in his/her role. To make this clear, the Chief Safety Representative sends a written confirmation to the Safety Representative that he/she has been appointed and registered with the employer.

Routines for electing and appointing safety representatives

  • Safety representatives are elected by the employees at the workplace and then appointed formally by the employee organizations at the workplace.
  • As a rule, the election of safety representatives is performed via an open or closed ballot.
  • Within KI the local safety representative or other initiator, e.g. the work environment group at the department, bring the personnel at the workplace (safety area) together and elect a safety representative.
  • A safety area can include everything from one or several departments/equivalent to a specific working group or a geographical area such as a corridor or floor of a building.
  • The safety representative represents all employees within the safety area (regardless if they are a member of a union or not).
  • The safety representative shall be thoroughly familiar with the work being performed in their safety area, and have insight into and an interest in work environment matters.
  • Information about the safety representative election shall be sent to all concerned at the workplace well in advance of the election. The election process during the current mandate period follows the same routine.

Mandate period

Mandate period is three years and applies uniformly throughout KI. Employees who have been appointed as safety representative can enter or leave their post at any time during the current mandate period. The chief safety representative shall inform the workplace when the mandate period is drawing to a close and when it is time to elect a new safety representative.

Registration of safety representatives

KI:s digital forms must always be used. Once the form is submitted, the registration process will begin. The Chief Safety Representative and our trade unions will then automatically receive a notification that a new Safety Officer has been elected. The unions then formally appoint the safety representative and notify the Chief Safety Representative of the decision. Once the safety representative is formally appointed, the Chief Safety Representative notifies the new safety representative in writing and a notification is sent to the employer (KI), in this case to the central HR department for registration. Only when the safety representative is clearly notified/registered with the employer (KI) is he/she entitled to act in the role, in accordance with the Work Environment Act. Please note that locally, the safety representative notifies his/her immediate supervisor himself/herself. Also remember to inform and announce the protection organisation (template available for this).

Link to digital form

Notification of safety representative.

NOTE! The appointment requires that the person is within the organisation.

Election of chief safety representatives

The chief safety representative is elected by the safety representatives for the same term of office as the other local safety representatives. The protection areas of the three KI chief safety representatives are divided as follows:

Solna: KI units at Campus Solna and ScilifeLab

North: KI units at Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, Torsplan, SÖS, DS and Liljeholmen.

South: KI units at Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge and Campus Flemingsberg.

For further information, please contact the chief safety representatives.

Chief safety representative

When there are several safety representatives at a workplace, one of them shall be elected chief safety representative. The tasks of this person are to coordinate the activities of the safety representatives and to represent the safety representatives in certain issues. The chief safety representative has activities that comprise the entire workplace and shall, for example, work with issues involving more than one safety area.

Bo Nilsson

Solna: KI units at Campus Solna and SciLifeLab.

Venus Azhary

North: KI units at Karolinska University Hospital Solna, Torsplan, SÖS, DS and Liljeholmen.

Matteo Pedrelli

Campus South: KI units at Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge and Campus Flemingsberg.

Safety representative for students

The students are also entitled to elect persons to represent them on issues involving the work environment: the student safety representative and the doctoral student ombudsman. The Medical Students' Union and the Student union of Odontology elects two representatives to represent the students on the Work Environment Committee. For more information, please contact the Medical Students’ Union or the Student union of Odontology.

Information on current safety representatives at KI is kept by Patrik Emanuelsson or by the chief safety representative.

Basic training for safety representatives

The training "Basic Work Environment Work" (2.5 days) is conducted once per semester. It is aimed at new safety representatives, Work environment groups, HR co-workers and others who are interested and work with work environment issues at KI.

From the content:

  • Work environment regulations
  • Deep diving” in SWEM (Systematic Work Environment Management)
  • Who is responsible for what when it comes to work environment?
  • The role and powers of safety representatives
  • Collaboration for a good work environment
  • Organizational and social work environment
  • Health promotion at KI

Arbetsmiljöforum and Prevent are two organizations that offer external training in the work environment area. Safety representatives can also participate in training provided by the trade union organization to which they belong. Safety representatives in Sweden also have their own website which is administered by the magazine Du&jobbet.