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Health, safety and the environment (HSE)

HiOA shall safeguard the student's health, safety and working environment and ensure compliance with laws and regulations and internal procedures.

Have you been injured during a lesson?

  1. Report the injury as soon as possible
  2. To report the injury, complete and send in a nonconformity form
  3. You will be kept informed about HiOA's follow-up of the case 

Have you been injured while working in a laboratory or a workshop?

If you are injured in a laboratory or workshop, your teacher, supervisor or the person responsible for the course/subject shall help you to report the incident. The nonconformity itself will be followed up by your department. Your faculty's Section for Student and Academic Affairs will notify the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) if you have sustained an injury requiring medical treatment or leading to absence.

Have you been injured during practical training?

When you undergo practical training in an enterprise/institution, you are treated as an ordinary employee.

If you are injured during practical training, you must report the incident in accordance with the procedures of the enterprise/institution in which the practical training takes place. Inquire about how this is done in the place where you are training. The enterprise/institution where you are being trained is responsible for following you up and for reporting any injuries to NAV. You must also register the injury in HiOA's nonconformity system by completing the nonconformity form.

Reimbursement

It is important to report your injury as soon as possible, so that it is reported to NAV as a possible occupational injury. HiOA does not cover medical expenses or treatment costs, so it is up to you to check with NAV what expenses NAV will cover.

Note that NAV will not reimburse expenses for private health service consultations.

In order to qualify for reimbursement, you must have reported the injury to NAV in advance, and NAV must have assessed the injury and found it to be an occupational injury. Even if the injury is approved as an occupational injury, you are not guaranteed any financial compensation.

In principle, HiOA is responsible for reporting the injury to NAV, but you can also do so yourself. Should the injury develop into an occupational injury, NAV must already have received documentation of where and when the injury was sustained in order for you to be entitled to benefits.

Insurance

As HiOA is a state institution, it is not permitted to take out insurance for its students. This means that you have no insurance cover through HiOA. You should therefore take out private insurance if you are working in an environment where you are exposed to risk.

Nevertheless, you have occupational injury cover for accidents, disease and injuries sustained in teaching situations. This is regulated by the National Insurance Act (Section 13-10).

If you are injured at the place of study during teaching hours, the injury can be approved by NAV as an occupational injury. In that case, you will have occupational injury coverage under the National Insurance scheme.

The occupational injury coverage can also apply if you are injured outside your place of study, provided that this happens during teaching hours (e.g. on an excursion).

Claims for injury compensation

HiOA can become liable for compensation for injuries you sustain, provided that the following conditions are met:

  • that there is a basis for liability;
  • that a financial loss is incurred;
  • that there is a causal relationship between the basis for liability and your financial loss.

If you wish to submit a claim for compensation, you must document your financial loss, for example additional expenses incurred as a result of the injury or other financial loss. It is up to you to prove that HiOA is responsible for your injury. You should submit your claim for compensation as soon as possible as the limitation period expires three years from the date on which you sustained or should have known about the injury.

In cases involving claims of up to NOK 250,000, HiOA is authorised to either enter into a settlement or accept liability. Cases involving claims in excess of NOK 250,000 will be considered by the Ministry of Education and Research.

Rights and obligations

In some situations, you will have the same rights and obligations as employees. This is the case when you are being taught in circumstances that entail a risk of harm to life or health, for example when handling substances in a laboratory or using machinery in a workshop. The Working Environment Act's requirements for a safe working environment and for employee involvement are applicable in these situations. 

Your ordinary study situation in reading rooms, auditoriums and computer rooms or similar is not regulated by the Working Environment Act.