HSE plans and measures

Health:

Self-declaration on health condition
A large part of UNIS’ activities includes fieldwork which often takes place far from Longyearbyen and with limited access to medical assistance. All persons participating in UNIS activitites have an obligation to report chronic conditions or other health related conditions, which could be of importance when it comes to accomplishing the most demanding field activities, and  must fill in and submit a self declaration on his/her health condition:
Personal statement of health and next of kin information

Safety:

Emergency preparedness plan (PDF)

UNIS safety folder (PDFs)

English Norwegian German French Russian


UNIS fieldwork instructions (PDFs)

UNIS safety instructions for fieldwork and excursions (PDF) Acknowledgement of reading the safety instructions (PDF)


Routines for lending firearms
UNIS firearms policy (PDF)
Firearms letter (PDF)
(Can be attached when you apply for a weapons license or certificate of good conduct at your national police authority)
Lending declaration (PDF)

Registration form for Norwegian students that wants to have access to UNIS rifles and need a «politiattest»:
Online form

Natural environment and cultural heritage:

UNIS Environmental Standard
UNIS engages in field-based research and education over much of Svalbard throughout the year. Thus, UNIS will conduct field-based teaching and research so as to cause the minimal impact on Svalbard’s fragile environment. We shall have a thorough understanding of how our activity may negatively impact the environment and how we can avert the impacts. All persons at UNIS shall have necessary training so as to be able to use the tools and aids that will prevent harmful impacts during their fieldwork.

Please have a look at our environmental standard goals before your arrival in Svalbard:

UNIS environmental standard goals (PDF)

Working environment:

UNIS has a working environment committee, whose main task is to ensure a fully satisfactory working environment at UNIS. The committee participates in planning the safety and environment work and follows up closely questions relating to the safety, health and welfare of the employees at UNIS.

Read more about the the regulations made by the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority:

The Working Environment Act

Divergency reports (doc):

Internal divergency report      Internal report on damage or loss of material      Internal report on personal injury

Field safety information lessons:

UNIS emphasizes strongly HSE matters. Whether you are an incoming student or researcher planning to come to Svalbard, you can find useful information below in the different PDF presentations highlighting the challenges you will meet in the Svalbard environment. Please have a look at them to prepare yourself for your Svalbard stay.  Note that these presentations just give a general overview of risk factors you will encounter in Svalbard.

Possible risk scenarios in Svalbard

Risk scenarios – winter fieldwork (PDF)                            Risk scenarios – summer fieldwork (PDF)

Clothing and First aid

Correct clothing in Svalbard (PDF)                                    Practical first aid in Arctic conditions (PDF)

Glaciers

Glaciers in Svalbard (PDF)                                                  Dangerous areas on glaciers (PDF)

Sea ice

Introduction (PDF)                                                                Sea ice and risks (PDF)                                               Travelling on sea ice (PDF)

Avalanches and weather

Avalanche basics (PDF)                                                       Weather conditions in Svalbard (PDF)

Snowmobile driving

UNIS snowmobile course (PDF)

Wildlife:

Information from external websites:

Svalbard’s wildlife The Polar Bear
The Flora of Svalbard The Cruise Handbook for Svalbard
Rabies in Svalbard The vole parasite (Echinococcus multilocularis) 

 

Videos

Instructional videos in weapons’ handling made by the Logistics department at UNIS: