Relocation of parts of its operations to Katrineholm putting a strain on SSM’s organisation

Fewer inspections, higher costs for office premises, postponed internal development work, and lost competencies in some disciplines: These are some of the effects and strains due to the Authority’s move of its head offices and other functions to Katrineholm.

On the other hand, these impacts on the organisation include more flexible approaches to work, as well as new options for those who wish to work for SSM, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority. Once the relocation is completed, SSM is of the assessment that its work will be effective and meet standards. These are some of the conclusions drawn by the Authority, as described in a report to the Government about the relocation work.

In August 2017, the Swedish Government tasked SSM with relocation of its main offices as well as other parts of its organisation to the city of Katrineholm. The purpose of this assignment was to move as much as possible of the Authority’s operations to Katrineholm, southwest of Stockholm, while maintaining the quality and effectiveness of its work. The Government stated that the National Metrology Laboratory and operations within emergency preparedness and within most nuclear power inspection activities would remain in Stockholm. The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority has carried out this relocation assignment. This was reported on to the Government of Sweden in January 2019.

“We have succeeded in carrying out this assignment, though at the expense of planned activities,” says Mats Persson, Director General of the Authority.

The move was to have been completed by 1 October 2018. Meeting this requirement has forced the Authority to open its Katrineholm offices in temporary premises while awaiting completion of the permanent premises.

“Against the background of our experiences during this process, we would recommend more extensive investigation into potential office premises when Government decision making is being prepared for relocation of government agencies,” says Director General Persson.

Nevertheless, the move has brought about more flexible ways of working as well as new options for present and prospective employees.

“We will be capable of effective and efficient work of a high standard after the move once the permanent offices are up and running. However, relocating our operations does have consequences affecting our organisation,” he says.

These are some of the conclusions drawn in the above-mentioned report:

  • Costs for premises have increased
  • Internal development work has had to wait during the adjustment period
  • The ordered relocation has resulted in lost competencies in some disciplines. This means that the Authority will need to re-establish its capabilities, an objective that is achievable in the next couple of years.

For more information, please contact: the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority’s duty press officer on Tel. +46 8 799 40 20.