Consideration of the working environment is an integral part of activities at Lund University, and it includes physical, psychological and social aspects that may affect the conditions in which staff and students work and study. Within the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology, we work on several levels to ensure a suitable working environment, attempting to eliminate risks to the health of our employees and students at the faculties’ many places of work.
The physical working environment
All the departments within the two faculties are actively engaged in ensuring a safe working environment. This means that each department has a working-environment plan. These plans include information about the measures to be taken, who is responsible for them, and when the measures are to be carried out and followed up. Each department is also working to ensure that adequate fire-protection measures are taken.
The psychosocial working environment
Many tried and tested instruments and routines are available for systematic improvements in the physical working environment. However, surveys, risk assessment, the implementation of measures and follow-up of the psychosocial working environment are often not as straightforward. It is difficult to monitor, predict and thus prevent psychological problems resulting from the working environment. Instruments such as questionnaires, meetings and individual discussions can be applied to analyse the situation and make risk assessments, while also acting as preventive measures and providing instruments for follow-up.
Detailed information on the measures being taken by the Faculties of Humanities and Theology, including the aims underlying these efforts, can be found on our website. (This information is at present only available in Swedish.)
The Joint Faculty Board and the head of each department (or the equivalent person) have the overall responsibility for ensuring a good working environment. Health-and-safety representatives are appointed by the members of trades unions. There is usually one such representative for each department or unit. Information on any department´s health and safety representative can be obtained from the head of department.