Personal safety and security
People who work in larger organizations may encounter conflicting situations at work. In order to (as far as possible) avoid for such situations to happen, preventive measures for increased personal safety are important.
What does personal safety mean?
Personal safety is about ensuring the security and safety for a person, or several. The aim is that people can feel secure in everyday life or in a specific situation/incident. People who are active in, for example, a larger organisation such as a Swedish authority, may encounter risky situations or may be in need of personal security mesures for preventive purposes.
What applies to the work with personal safety at Uppsala University?
The aim with the personal safety area is to prevent incidents and focus on creating a safe and secure environment. It should be a natural part of the businesses progress and be taken into account when changes is forseen. The work with the staffs safety is included in the statutory systematic work environment. (See UFV Guideline 2018/1968.)
What is a personal safety incident?
All types of incidents that a person can be exposed to - everything from accidents to criminal acts that result in physical, mental and / or financial harm to the person.
If you have been involved in, or if there was a risk of, an incident (accident or crime), you must report this to the head of your department/equivalent or, as a student, student manager.
If you are facing a situation of uncertainty about what you should or can do, or if you want help investigating the content of an incident where you see the need for security or safety enhancing measures, contact the Security and Safety department, e-mail email@example.com, for advice.
How is the level of good personal safety achieved?
It is important for all types of efforts to achieve a good level of safety and security is to act preventively and continuously take measures that appear in, for example, recurring risk analyzes. In this way, the risk of incidents is minimized and the possibility of ensuring that immediate and correct action is taken in the event of an incident increases.
By being active in a workplace, like the university, staff or students should not have to be faced with situations of being stolen on their property or with hatred, threats or violence. Unfortunately, the reality looks different. It is difficult to prevent all situations, but with a joint and systematic preventive work it is possible to prevent many situations and also reduce the risk of vulnerability.
Everyone can contribute to the security and safety at the University by keeping track of themselves, their belongings and their surroundings.
Assist to prevent the risks of unauthorized persons visiting, by:
When you receive visitors
Victim of crime? Alarm!
Are you in a difficult situation
If you suspect that someone is making an unauthorized visit on the university premises
Assist in preventing thefts by:
All incidents involving elements of threat or violence must always be taken seriously since the person (s) exposed to the incident may be seriously affected by the experience. Incidents of threats and violations on the Internet, for example, via e-mail and social media, are also to be taken seriously. When such incidents appears in the working environment, the experience can lead to ill health for the person (s) involved.
Fundamentals when it comes to threat and violence are often our own behavior, response and communication. By trying to stay calm, communicate with the use of questions and by seeing, listening and responding well to the response, many difficult situations can be dampened and even interrupted. While this is being applied, the following recommendations also apply.
Recommendations in the event of threat or violence
In the event of severe threats of violence or violence directed at Uppsala University with several (physical) persons affected (eg bomb threats / serious illegal threats), the instructions provided by the Police force must always be followed.
All incidents with elements of violence must always be taken seriously, as those who are affected can suffer very badly from the experience. This also applies to incidents where the person planning / making the attack did not have a serious intention with his act. However, such an event still constitutes a violent event for those affected.
By working systematically and with the aim for a safety climate where situations are detected at an early stage, the conditions for preventing serious incidents increase.
Recommendations to reduce the risk of serious incidents
Fundamental principle is to always report crime to the police
Being exposed to or witnessing a crime at their place of work is a personal safety incident and should be reported to the nearest principal / student manager.
In Sweden, anyone can report a crime to the police. However, the recommendation is that the person who has been subjected to a crime also reports the crime as the victim often best kan explain the criminal act.
Report to the police via telephone, the web or go to the police station
Report a crime to the police as soon as you can. An early notification makes it easier to find technical evidence and hear witnesses.
Support and advice before / about the police report
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