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HN2015 Occupational Safety and Health Management and Change 7.5 credits

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Introduction to the program's main field technology and health with a system perspective on work organisations, occuaptional safety and health, change management, project organisations as well as Swedish and international legislation and regulations.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

1. Describe and analyse different forms of work organisations and their influence on development processes.

2. Understand and reflect on sociotechnical (human, technology and organisation) perspectives on safety and health management.

3. Independently suggest andvalue improvements of the work environment, workplace health, and the overall system performance.

4. From an overall level identify and apply laws and regulations in the subject area.

5. Identify and apply important factors for systematic and sustainable occupational safety and health work managment, including describing processes that relate to project organisations and change management.

6. Understand the basic meaning of gender in relation to work organisations and occupational safety and health.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Academic first degree, 180 higher education credits/ECTS, in engineering or natural sciences or equivalent education.

Recommended prerequisites

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Ellström, P-E. 2010. Practice-based innovation: a learning perspective. Journal of Workplace Learning, (1/2), 27–40.

Eklund, J. (2003). An extended framework for humans, technology and organization in interaction. In:Luczak, H. & Zink, K. J. (Eds.) Human Factors in Organizational Design and Management VII. Re-Designing Work and Macroergonomics - Future Perspectives and Challenges. Santa Monica,California: IEA Press.

European Agency for Safety and health at work (2010). Mainstreaming OSH into business management. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities. Available at:

Government Offices of Sweden (1977). The Work Environment Act. [In Swedish:Arbetsmiljölagen]. SFS 1977:1160. Available at:

Hydén, H. (2009). Work Environment Legislation. In Bohgard, M. et al. (Eds.) Work and Technology on Human Terms. Stockholm: Prevent. Available online:

Johansson, J. & Abrahamsson, L. (2009). The organisation of production and work. In Bohgard, M. et al. (Eds). Work and Technology on Human Terms. Stockholm: Prevent.Available online:

Karltun, A., Karltun, J., Berglund, M., & Eklund, J. (2017). HTO – A Complementary Ergonomics Approach. Applied Ergonomics, 59(PA), 182-190.

Loup, R., & Koller, R. (2005). The road to commitment: Capturing the Head, Hearts and Hands of People to effect Change. Forum Articles, 23 (3).

Nord Nilsson, L., & Vänje, A. (2018). Occupational safety and health professionals’ skills – A call for system understanding? Experiences from a co-operative inquiry within the manufacturing sector. Applied Ergonomics, 70, 279-287.

Swedish Work Environment Authority. (2015). Organisational and social work environment, AFS 2015:4. Available at:

Swedish Work Environment Authority.(2001). Systematic Work Environment Management, AFS 2001:1. Available at:

Taylor, F. W. (1920). Rationell arbetsdelning. Taylorsystemet. Stockholm: Aktiebolaget Nordiska Bokhandeln. [Taylor’s 1919 book in Swedish].

Taylor, F. 1919. The Principles of Scientific Management. Harper and Brothers Publishers: New York and London. Available at:,%20F.%20W.%20(1911).%20New%20York,%20Harper%20&%20Brothers.pdf

Väyrynen, S., Häkkinen, K. & Niskanen (Eds.). (2015). Integrated Occupational Safety and Health Management Solutions and Industrial Cases. Cham: Springer International Publishing: Imprint:Springer (pp. 5 – 153). On-line resource at KTH Library.

Vänje, A. (2017). Under the Magnifying Glass - Gender perspectives in work environment and work organisation. Knowledge Review, Report 2013:1 Eng. Swedish Work EnvironmentAuthority: Stockholm.

Additional literature may be added.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO2 - Project, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 2.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Seminars (SEM1, 2,5 hp) Grading scale P/F. Examines course objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 6.

Project work (PRO1, 2 hp) Grading scale A-F. Examines course objectives 1, 2, 3, 5.

Written exam (TEN1, 3 hp) Grading scale A-F. Examined course objectives 1, 2, 4, 5, 6.

Final grading is based on the scale A-F

Other requirements for final grade

Learning activities are lectures, seminars and group exercises.

The learning outcomes will be examined orally and in written form through active participation in seminars, a written project work that also should be orally presented and a written exam.

Grading criterias and in which examination forms the various learning outcomes are examined are presented more detailed in the course PM.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web HN2015

Offered by

CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems

Main field of study

Technology and Health

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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