Safety and security at Centria
At Centria, safety means occupational health and safety (OHS) and security means security systems (e.g., Access control, video surveillance, etc.), security practises and guarding. Security includes also, for example, personnel security, assets protection, information security, cyber security, and premises surveillance. At Centria, the different aspects of corporate security are applied and, following threat and risk assessments, security arrangements are scaled to the level required. Safety and security are not mutually exclusive, but work overlapping in different areas of security.
Security planning is influenced by the threat and risk assessments mentioned above. These are assessed annually at Centria in conjunction with various authorities and are used to update safety plans and implement the necessary security arrangements. Training and exercises are also part of the overall security system. The most typical security activities that are visible to all of us include camera surveillance and access control, guarding, janitorial services and structural security solutions in the building.
The head of facility & security leads and coordinates the security activities of the University of Applied Sciences and acts as a Point of Contact (POC) person for the authorities in these matters. In addition, Centria has a security team, which is lead by the head of facility & security. This group is responsible for security management and coordination of security work. In addition, each campus is assigned a person in charge of security issues, who together with the head of facility & security and the administration, leads and coordinates the campus security activities, is responsible for the security arrangements in the various campus facilities, the organisation of training and exercises, and the maintenance of security capacity. The person in charge of security issues is assisted by a campus security expert or experts.
Who is responsible for security? It is the responsibility of all of us. If a student notices any shortcomings in security or has suggestions for improvements in security, they can contact the head of facility & security directly or, alternatively, their teacher. Personnel can report findings and make suggestions in accordance with Centria’s agreed procedures.
Let’s work together every day to create a safe learning and working environment; here too, each of us is important. Safety & Security first.
The Head of Facility & Security of Centria UAS
tel. 050 4064326
Police officer specializing in educational institutes
tel. 029 5447718
Centria has instructions for acting in crisis situations as well as rescue plans for each campus
Centria places high value on maintaining crisis management skills and on preventing any disruptions in normal operations as well as preventing threatening situations and crises. This includes three parts: early intervention, bringing up a concern and assessing the severity of the possible threat. Preventive work includes maintaining mental wellbeing as well as preventing accidents from happening. The objective in preventive work is to recognize at an early stage those situations or symptoms that might lead to a threating situation or a crisis.
Maintaining the skills to manage a crisis situation is essential for preventive work. Each staff member and student in Centria needs to know
- what do in a crisis situation,
- who is responsible for different actions and
- where they can get help.
In Centria campuses there are regular (at least once a year) trainings and evacuation exercises for students and staff. It is advisable to participate in these trainings and exercises actively, because only through practice you will learn how way to act in case of dangerous and threatening situations.
In the event of a power cut
An electricity shortage occurs when electricity production and imports to Finland are not enough to cover electricity
consumption. Thus, we might have to save on electricity, and this is done by regional power cuts. The cuts last 1-2 hours and probably occur 8-10 in the morning and 17-19 in the evening.
On Centria campuses
We recommend exiting the buildings
- All the lights go off, only emergency lighting to get out are on. Staying inside can be difficult, even dangerous, if for example you cannot see staircases.
- Air conditioning and heating turn off. The air quality decreases quite rapidly, it’s better to be outside.
Labs must be run down in a controlled manner
- We might not get a forewarning, thus doing this might prove difficult.
Electric locks work normally, you can exit the building
- The locking system is backed up by batteries, so no one is locked inside. We recommend exiting the building.
Normal working / studying is impossible
- Premises are dark.
- Desktop computers, projectors and other equipment are offline
Communication network is probably down
- Wired and wireless networks are down on campuses, as the equipment are powerless.
Avoid using your telephone
- During a power cut avoid using your telephone for calls. During the power cut, telephone base stations might also go out, leading to lessened network functionality.
Avoid using water
- Hot water from tap is really hot, even 85 degrees Celcius. This can cause severe burns.
- Avoid showers.
- Toilets are out of use, as the water might not move anywhere.
Streetlights might turn off
- Finland is a really dark country in winter, if there is no electricity.
- You have to have lights on your bicycle, so you can see and can be seen in traffic.
- As a pedestrian consider having a flashlight.
- Reflectors on clothes! With reflectors you can be seen in traffic!
What happens after the power cut?
When power is restored, turn your appliances back on one at a time. This way, the sudden momentary power surge won’t cut the power again. Avoid using electrical appliances which uses the most electricity right after the power comes back. Water flow may not be normal. Please follow the instructions from the authorities.
People in charge of security issues and security experts at each Centria campus
Kokkola and Pietarsaari
In charge of security issues
040 808 5105
Tuomas Tasala, email@example.com, 044 725 0413
Kai Nyman, firstname.lastname@example.org,044 725 0304
Ulla Roiko-Jokela, email@example.com, 044 725 0782
Sara Åhman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 040 729 9973
Mervi Liesi, email@example.com, 050 469 4782
In charge of security issues
044 449 2624