Get to know Viktor – caretaker and work environment fan
- The university administration staff
Viktor doesn't just ensure your desk chair or light bulb works. He also skims safety data sheets on chemicals or points out dangers in your work environment. And then it was that time when he quickly created a fire-resistant battery charging cabinet. He also loves everything that is near the water but prefers to stay dry.
Viktor Appelgren, an Infrastructure and Service unit janitor, is also a safety officer and chemical administrator. As a safety representative, he represents our physical work environment and spends part of his time observing our workplace.
“I look for things that can be seen as trivial but can cause problems, such as heavy objects on shelves that can fall down on the head.”
As a chemicals administrator, Viktor reviews new and existing chemicals to ensure they are safe for our business.
“Skimming safety data sheets makes it clear which risks exist with the chemicals. It can be anything from carcinogenic to toxic or flammable.”
If a chemical is dangerous, a risk assessment must be carried out and stored correctly by registering in our KLARA system. This is to get an overview of who uses the chemical in question and how much. Currently, Viktor is working to ensure that we comply with primary legislation, for example, by providing that chemicals are stored correctly.
Passionate about creative problem solving
Viktor started at KTH almost eleven years ago. He then started as a lab technician, managing most of the lab except the research, including international contacts. He became warden at EECS at the school merger in 2018.
“My heart lies in supporting practical research and devoting myself to creative problem-solving in things that can arise around me. I grew up in a technical family and have built up a portfolio of experience solving problems here at the school.”
For example, after the fire in the Q building, he had to quickly build a fire-resistant battery charging cabinet.
Friendship with doctoral students
The best thing about the job is the student contact and the insight into other people's countries, cultures and traditions. He has attended doctoral students' weddings in Greece and Turkey but unfortunately missed a wedding in China.
“Being there for the staff is part of my professional role. That support can vary greatly depending on the person. Some need someone to talk to. Sometimes I take them by the ear and force them to take a coffee break,” says Viktor.
The doctoral wedding in Greece was a memory for life.
“We had a minibus, so six doctoral students and I roamed around Greece and explored Athens and Kalamata beyond the tourist areas through their friends and locals. I am culturally interested and am more amused by the back streets than the tourist routes. ”
Viktor loves everything that is near the water but prefers to stay dry. The means of transport vary between sailing boats, kayaks or canoes, and the seas are in the Stockholm archipelago. Still, he dreams of both new waters and means of transport.
He concludes that he dreams of sailing from Gotland to Stockholm with the sailing ship Briggen Tre Kronor.
Until then, you may see him this summer among the islands of Stockholm's archipelago.
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