Occupational safety and hygiene

Clean and correct protective gear, good footwear, proper workwear, good personal hygiene, up-to-date immunization, proper behaviour and aseptic techniques provide safety at work.

Studying and acting in safety: testing for drugs and extract from the criminal records 

You should be aware that a student of Savonia University of Applied Sciences may be obliged to provide a drug test certificate (especially if testing is imperative in order to establish the functional capacity of the student; this requires that certain additional criteria specified in legislation in detail are met).

The student may also have to provide an extract from the criminal records (for example if the practical training or other duties require working with minors). The student will be asked to present the extract during studies before commencement of the practical training or other duties. To improve the safety of minors it is necessary to ensure that the student doing the practical training does not have a criminal record of grave offences.

Protective gear

Use of protective gear is an integral part of maintaining and enhancing hygiene and cleanliness. Protective gear is usually provided by the training place. Use of one’s own protective gear is forbidden in training places unless otherwise notified by the organization/tutor teacher. 

Work footwear

The student brings his or her own footwear. The student’s workwear as a whole must be proper, clean and tidy. The work footwear must be safe, hygienic and kept clean.  Socks are part of the workwear and they must be provided and kept clean by the students themselves. 

Hand hygiene

Washing and disinfection of hands are the most critical measures to combat infections (Instructions concerning work safety and hygiene of staff and students in clinical work with patients/KYS). Nails must be kept short and clean. Infections in the hand area must be treated promptly end efficiently. Use of nail polish is not recommended.  Use of nail extensions, artificial nails and nail jewellery is forbidden. (Kuopio University Hospital KYS. Administrative rule 5/2006, updated 2011.)

To ensure patient and work safety rings, bracelets and watches shall not be used at work. Piercings of the face and large hanging earrings are not part of proper workwear. Long hair must be tied and dreadlocks are not suited for patient care for reasons of hygiene. Use of strong perfumes by both men and women should be avoided as they may cause allergic reactions in patients and colleagues. (Kuopio University Hospital KYS. Administrative rule 5/2006, updated 2011.)

If the student has participated in the treatment of an MRSA patient during the supervised training or other work period in a ward with more than one MRSA patient, an MRSA sample is taken from the student in the student health care.

Vaccinations and needlestick accidents

The student must have valid vaccinations including vaccinations against measles, chicken pox and seasonal influenza. (The Infectious Diseases Act 2017, Section 48, gained legal force on 1 March 2018). You can find the vaccination form here (ANNEX).

Instructions for health care students are available on the following websites (for example vaccinations, needlestick accidents etc.)

Instructions for tuberculosis screening

Perfumes / smoking

Use of perfumes and smoking are strictly forbidden during the practical training.

Savonia UAS

Savonia is one of Finland's biggest and most versatile universities of applied sciences. Our campuses are situated in Kuopio, Iisalmi and Varkaus. There are almost 6000 students and 600 employees at Savonia. In education we implement Open Innovation Space (OIS), where we combine learning, development, research, and teaching.