Securing Education Sector

Securing the Norwegian education sector

26.06.2014

Because of growing security threats, universities and colleges across Norway are increasing their investments in safety, security and emergency preparedness. Based on Safetec’s offshore experience and expertise, we help the education sector achieve the necessary requirements.

Norwegian universities and colleges have for many years suffered from underdeveloped safety and security cultures, but have as a consequence of the terrorist attacks on July 22, 2011 initiated increased measures to improve their safety and security procedures. With the help of Safetec, several Norwegian institutions have worked systematically to be better equipped for possible crises.

– Underdeveloped safety and security cultures are often important causes behind emergencies. Our multidisciplinary teams help our customers assess, understand and develop their safety culture in order to reduce risk exposure, says Principal Safety Adviser Eliin Rødal in Safetec.

Realistic exercises
To prepare for a changing risk profile, the emphasis has shifted from internal HSE issues, to risk and vulnerability analysis’ and threat scenarios. It has become obvious that having an emergency plan in place is not enough; realistic exercises are key for optimal preparedness.

As a leading provider of Crisis Management, Safetec provides a whole range of services such as risk management, safety culture, security culture, risk and vulnerability analysis, risk and security assessment, emergency preparedness planning and exercises.

The overall responsibility for safety conditions in the education sector lies with the Ministry of Education and Research, who have intensified their supervision and expect separate reporting on the matter.

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Oslo and Akershus University College (HiOA) are among the institutions that have recently allocated funds to improve their safety procedures. With the help of Safetec, they and other major institutions have identified risks based on experiences from oil rigs in the North Sea, and are working towards a better safeguarding of both people and assets.

 

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