SAN is an organ of co-operation between unions and employers and was established in 1955. The board has a chairman, seven permanent members and two co-opted members, all with specialist knowledge of the work environment at sea. During the coming year we will introduce the members of SAN.
Lars Andersson, Chairman
Lars has been leading work on the SAN board since 2007, and is also a member of the SAN News editorial committee. He is a lawyer and since January 2009 he has been the director of the Swedish Shipowners’ Employer Association in Göteborg.
Lars’ previous employer was Stena Line, where he was the manager of seafaring personnel and negotiations. He was also engaged in SAMKA (committee of cooperation for work environment issues), an organ of co-operation between union representatives and employer with the objective of improving and developing the work environment and safety onboard. Noise and vibrations were recurring issues, alongside efforts to reduce sickness levels. Lars previously worked in the judiciary and what is now the Swedish Trade Federation.
Eva Ohlsson, Secretary
Eva has been the spider in the net at SAN since 2003. Many of the questions that come to the board end up on her desk and it is often she who follows up decisions made at SAN board meetings, at which she is the permanent secretary.
Eva also has overall responsibility for the board’s annual conference; she manages contacts between the members and participates in the work with SAN news as well as the website.
Eva is employed as assistant at the Swedish Shipowners’ Employer Association, which involves keeping contacts and planning prior to conferences, training courses and board meetings. She previously worked as personal assistant to the managing director of the Swedish Shipowners’ Association. She has also been employed at Volvo, Tetra Pak and Consafe.
Karl-Arne Johansson, Permanent member
Karl-Arne is the ombudsman for seafarers and is responsible for work environment issues on-board newly built ships as well as newly flagged and existing ships. He manages the training of safety officers and acts as a sounding board for local unions and safety officers in all types of work environment issues.
Karl-Arne went to sea in the beginning of the 1970s. He worked as an able-bodied seaman on a number of different ships until 1996, when he was employed as the SEKO seafarers’ representative in Antwerp. He lived in Belgium for two years and his duties were to visit Swedish ships in the region. He has worked at the union’s office in Göteborg since 1998. Karl-Arne was elected to the SAN board in 2006. He participates in the annual revision of the work environment manual there. He is also a member of the SAN News editorial committee and occasionally contributes with texts for the newspaper.