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Precautions and safety measures

Those responsible for employees and students must ensure that all activities/work tasks are assessed so that the necessary measures can be initiated to reduce risk.

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It may be possible to reduce risk by replacing materials, chemicals, equipment or methods with something that is less hazardous. In this way, the work/activity can be carried out at reduced risk, ideally without the need to use personal protective equipment.

Precautions and safety measures can be divided into organisational measures, technical protective measures and the use of personal equipment. For more details, see the menu item below


Organisational measures

Examples of organisational measures are: Thoughtful placement of machines / facilities, correct choice of equipment and materials, safety training and work instructions, good ergonomic adaptation, requirements for competence, limitation on access to hazardous work.


Technical protective measures

Examples of technical protective measures are:Noise screening, fume cupboards, safety cabinets, extraction by hood, emergency showers and eye baths.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

PPE is all equipment, including accessories, used by employees when performing work to protect against risks and hazards that may be a threat to health and safety.Examples of PPE are:

  • Gloves
  • Eye protection/face protection
  • Hearing protection
  • Coats/aprons
  • Footwear
  • Head protection
  • Height safety equipment

Risk assessment and use
The use of PPE should be based on a risk assessment.Where work involves particular danger to life and health, the employer must draw up work instructions that include an assessment of any required use of PPE. PPE must be used when it is not possible to achieve a satisfactory level of protection of employees’ health, safety and welfare by changes to work methods and/or processes, or by technical installations designed to achieve a fully secure working environment.More information on the use of PPE in the workplace can be found on the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority website (NO).

Framework agreement at UiB
The University has a framework agreement covering the purchase and procurement of personal protective equipment. See thePurchasing Gateway.