Work environment group
The Vice-Chancellor has entrusted the vice-rectors with the task of maintaining a coherent work environment group at the University. To gain an overview of the work environment situation, including potential areas of improvement, forums must be created for employees and employers to meet and collaborate. Work environment in this context refers to both the physical/technological work environment and the psychosocial work environment.
The work environment act (AML) states, via chapter 6, section 8, that ‘any major workplace where at least fifty employees regularly work must form a work environment committee, a workgroup consisting of representatives from the employer and the employees’. Uppsala University has a centrally organised work environment committee called the collaborative group for work environment issues (SVAM). SVAM holds regular meetings, two per semester, to collaborate on University-wide work environment issues. SVAM is a forum for collaboration and not a decision-making body at the University.
On the local levels of departments/equivalent, local work environment groups shall be formed that regularly meet to collaborate on work environment issues that concern the department/equivalent.