This year’s SAN prizewinner was chief safety officer Christer Sjökvist, bartender on Silja Galaxy. He was awarded the Work Environment Authority’s flag and a cheque of SEK 10,000 at the SAN conference.
How does it feel to receive the SAN work environment prize?
– Incredibly flattering. I see it as an encouragement to keep on working with these issues.
What is your most important task as chief safety officer?
– To act as a link between all the other safety officers onboard and coordinate their work. I also vote for the crewmembers at the shipping company.
Which work environment questions are you working with at the moment?
– The shipping company wants to introduce video surveillance in personnel areas and we are trying to stop that, since we feel it goes against our personal integrity. Noise and vibrations in cabins is another problem we are working with. We are also compiling information for a template to report any deviations in the work environment.
And lastly, what do you plan to do with the prize money?
– At first I thought that I would have new kitchen floor fixed at home, because we really need that. But now I think we will probably have a winter holiday instead. We have more or less decided on Thailand.