Risks and worries when returning to the workplace

This page described how staff in at-risk groups or staff who are worried due to COVID-19 can get support and help.

On 29 September, the Public Health Agency of Sweden removed the recommendation to work from home and working at the workplace is now possible for all staff at Umeå University, according to a decision made by the Vice-Chancellor. Until 31 December 2021, a gradual return to the workplace is underway, which means a change for many members of staff.

The manager is responsible for the work environment of their staff. When returning to the workplace, managers are urged to investigate what risks exist at the workplace, take measures when necessary and follow up how the return to the workplace is going together the employees.

Worries about the return to the workplace

If you are worried about the return to the workplace, please contact your manager for dialogue.

If you need support and counselling or tools to cope with your worries, you can contact the occupational health care services Feelgood.

Contact Feelgood

At-risk groups

The most efficient way of reducing the risks of severe COVID-19 is to get vaccinated against COVID-19. For this reason, it is particularly important that individuals in at-risk groups are vaccinated.

Members of staff in at-risk groups, who are worried about returning to the workplace, should contact their manager and be able to show a medical certificate indicating potential limitations due to the risks of COVID-19. Managers are urged to conduct an individual risk assessment with the purpose of identifying potential temporary working environment measures and needs for adaptation.

Pregnant members of staff

According to the Public Health Agency of Sweden, if you are pregnant, you can return to your workplace when you have been fully vaccinated. In some cases, a manager may need to make an individual risk assessment, for instance if you are also in other at-risk categories, since certain diagnoses can affect your response to the vaccine.

You and your manager should have a dialogue and your manager is urged to conduct an individual risk assessment to identify potential temporary working environment measures and needs for adaptation.

You may also be eligible for applying for prenatal benefit or parental benefit from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan). Certain requirements must be met, read more on the Swedish Social Insurance Agency's website

No regulation for at-risk groups

On 12 October 2021, the Regulation for staff in at-risk groups and the use of protective equipment due to COVID-19 (FS 1.1-1461-20) expired due to changes in national regulations.

Elizabet Westerlund
10/13/2021