Safety and security in Biomedicum

Below we have gathered information about safety and security in Biomedicum.

All personnel need to comply with Karolinska Institutet's rules and guidelines regarding safety and security.

In case of an accident / incident / emergency

I you have been involved in or witnessed some kind of irregular or unlawful situation or noticed a potential danger begin by contacting your immediate manager and local safety delegates.

Report the incident by submitting an anonymous report or via the links that you will find on the staff portal - Reporting incidents

You can read more about incidents on the staff portal - What is an incident – examples?

In case of crisis and disaster

Dial 112 (SOS ALARM)
Call KI Alarm: +46 (0)8 524 80 100
Follow Karolinska Institutet's checklist for workplace accidents

In case of fire

Try to put out the fire if it doesn't involve a risk
Evacuate the building
Dial 112

In case of spills of hazardous chemicals

  • Close the area and put up the Hazardous Area Sign
  • Inform your colleagues
  • Consult the risk assessment or MSDS sheet. Clean up ONLY if
  • you can do it without putting yourself at risk
  • If needed, press the emergency alarm
  • Put on the protection clothes
  • If the spill is liquid, use the absorption material
  • If the spill is powder, use the brush and shovel
  • Place all contaminated waste in the plastic container in the
  • quarter waste room
  • Label the container with "Spill of xxx"

If you need more absorption material, contact FM –

In case of emergency, contact SOS ALARM – 112

Crisis managment at KI, contact KI ALARM – +46 (0)8 524 80 100

Less serious incidents

Material damage or personal injury that only affects the operations within your department, and which are not considered a serious incident, will be handled by the crisis management team at your department.




In the event of a spill of biological material, it is important to quickly take necessary measures to avoid putting anyone in the surroundings at risk.

1. Seal off the area. This should be done to avoid exposure to aerosols.
2. Read the risk assessment.
3. Contact any specialists for advice, such as the occupational health service, infection clinic or the biosafety administrator.
4. Decontaminate, if possible. Never let the cleaning staff decontaminate! They do not have the expertise required.

Read more about Permits and risk assessment.

More information on the staff portal - Biosafety at Karolinska Institutet.

Chemical safety

Karolinska Institutet conducts many chemically and environmentally hazardous activities. Chemical handling is surrounded by many laws, rules and regulations - both from Sweden and the EU - covering work environment as well as external environment issues. The purpose of these regulations is to create a safe work environment, to protect the external environment and to ensure a sustainable development.

Chemical spill cleaning instructions

Read more about Chemical safety at Karolinska Institutet.


To improve the work with safe handling of hazardous chemicals and to simplify the annual chemical inventory procedure, KI has implemented a barcode application in KLARA product database.

More information about KLARA available on the staff portal:

Log in KLARA

Cytostatic drugs

Cytostatic drugs belong to the group of "Especially dangerous drugs" and the use of cytostatic drugs is regulated by the Swedish Working Environment Authority in “AFS 2005:5”.

Long-term or occasional extremely high, exposure may pose an increased risk of genetic damage and cancer. For pregnant persons the unborn child may be affected, as well as children during lactation period.

Read more on Substances with special rules, prohibition or permit requirements.

Läkemedelsverket (The Swedish Medical Products Agency) is the Swedish national authority responsible for regulation and surveillance of the development, manufacturing and marketing of drugs and other medicinal products.

Link to Läkemedelsverket / Swedish Medical Products Agency

Fire safety

Please note that the alarm at Solna Campus is NOT connected to the Stockholm Fire Brigade. The receiver of the alarm is Akademiska Hus, the property owner. The fire alarm may sound however this does not mean that the fire brigade has been alerted. The fire brigade will arrive ONLY if someone has dialed 112.

In case of fire you must call 112.

Assembly point

Main entrance courtyard towards Aula Medica (Solnavägen 9).

assembly point in case of fire_Biomedicum

Evacuation plans

Please note that the evacuation plans are by quarter and are similar for floors 4 to 9.

In the examples below, we have illustrated the evactuation plans for floor 6.

Fire safety routines

  • DAILY: Evacuation routes should be kept clear and problems with emergency showers, fire blankets or fire extinguishers should be reported to the fire safety supervisor.
    Responsible: All staff
  • QUARTERLY: Inspection of emergency routes, emergency signs, emergency showers and fire blankets. Ensuring that fire extinguishers are checked. Any problems are reported to the fire safety supervisor
    Responsible: The fire safety controllers
  • ANNUALLY: External party revisions of fire extinguishers.
    Responsible: Central administration at Karolinska Institutet and Akademiska Hus.

Supervisors and controllers

Fire safety:

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Flammable goods:

to be confirmed

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Safety coordinators for fire safety:

Property owner Akademiska Hus
Contact person to be confirmed

See also Fire safety at Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska Institutet's fire safety rules.

Laboratory safety

In order to further improve the safety in our laboratory environment, everyone working in Biomedicum will have to pass a Laboratory safety test. The introduction test has been developed to ensure that everyone working in the premises or the laboratories at Karolinska Institutet has the same basic understanding of safety.

More information on the Laboratory Safety Test can be found on the Staff portal.

Radiation protection

All work-related activities with radioactive substances or technical devices capable of generating ionising radiation must be carried out in accordance with the Swedish Radiation Protection Act (1988:220), the Radiation Protection Ordinance (1988:293), Regulations from the Swedish Radiation Protection Authority and local radiation protection rules.

More information is available on the staff portal - Karolinska Institutet's rules and guidelines on Radiation protection.

Link to Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten / Swedish Radiation Safety Authority