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Ergonomics is about the interaction between people, work tasks and the environment. The employer has the main responsibility for the systematic work environment management and is required to involve employee and safety representatives in implementing the routines for a safe work environment.

The duties of the employer

The employer is required to organize and provide a healthy work environment, where satisfactory work positions and movements are achieved. The employer is also required to involve the employee in implementing a healthy workplace strategy, providing sufficient opportunities of recovery and variation during the work day (AML 3 kap 3§)

The duties of the employee

The employee is required to follow given instructions in preventing risks och ill health and reporting dangerous or adverse conditions to the employer.


Information about the prevention of risks in the work environment are to be found on the Swedish Work Environment Authority website.

In order to promote improved ergonomics and prevent ill health at KI, the following actions may be done:

  • adjustment of the existing work station/work place with support from an ergonomist
  • trying out adjustable chairs, tables and ergonomic equipment
  • support for the implementing of Systematic Work Environment Management (AFS 2001:1)
  • attend to employee training in ergonomics "Ergonomics & Exercise" provided by the Occupational health services and KI Health Promotion Unit
  • participate in health promoting activities arranged by KI Health Promotion Unit

Computer work

Employees who work more than one hour a day on a computer with accompanying monitor shall be given the opportunity to do an eye exam and, if necessary, receive special glasses at the employer's expense.  Kammarkollegiet´s agreement with Synoptik has unfortunately expired.  Before a new agreement is settled, in April 2019 at the earliest, employees are referred to KI's own department at St. Eriks Eye Hospital. However, there must always be a requisition, signed by the manager, to bring to the optician. You will find the requisition form below.

If you have received your requisition before December 31st and already have an appointment at Synoptik, this will be approved. After December 31, however, you will be referred to the clinic at St. Erik Eye Hospital.


Work environment