Immigrants listed as a ‘risk factor’ nationwide

It is not just HSB housing association in Skåne in southern Sweden that has classified immigrants as a risk factor in assessments of working environments. The criteria have been used by real estate companies across the entire country for at least a decade, reports Swedish daily Metro.

“The heading is not just stupid but also misleading and wrong. Immigrants are not a risk factor in the working environment. The point has to do with information,” Jonas Stålnacke, head attorney at Fastigo, the employers’ organisation for Swedish real estate industry.

The text has been taken from forms used by the unions and employers organisations. Under the heading “immigrants”, health and safety managers are to answer questions about whether employees understand safety instructions or if interpretation services are necessary. The text was revised during the autumn.

“The misleading heading has been removed and replaced with ‘Instructions and information’,” Stålnacke told Metro.

On Tuesday, Sydsvenskan newspaper reported that “immigrants” were listed along with “asbestos” and “noise” on a list of 39 risk factors on a form to be filled out by cooperative housing associations belonging to HSB Skåne in southern Sweden.

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