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Healthy and pleasant work

Leiden University does everything in its power to provide a safe, healthy and pleasant work environment. We do our best to create good work conditions and a positive work climate. This means among other things reducing health risks, preventing absenteeism and promoting a positive work atmosphere.

Health risks

Whether you work at a desk or in a laboratory, every work situation brings its own risks. As your employer, we try to reduce health risks as much as possible. Find out about the most important risks and what prevention measures you can take.


There may be times when you are unable to work due to illness. It is important that you report your illness and recovery in a timely fashion. Read more about how the University guides employees on sick leave.

Mental fitness

Situations may occur at work that lead to reduced mental resilience, which in turn may impact your performance. Read more about potentially dangerous situations and what you can do about them.

University doctor

The University doctors support you in all matters related to the relationship between work and health. They guide you through your illness, advise you through your recovery and return to work, and help you avoid health risks.

Work disability

If you are partially or fully incapacitated, for example as a result of illness or an accident, this is likely to have serious consequences. Find out what you should do if you unexpectedly become partially or fully incapacitated.

A healthy and enjoyable work environment

The internal Safety, Health and Environment (VGM) service of Leiden University focuses on workfloor risk management and absenteeism guidance.

This department employs, among others, company doctors, labour and organisation experts, safety experts and occupational hygienists. 

Within the FGGA (Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs), the University Services Department (UFB) coordinates those tasks related to working conditions, the environment and safety. 

FGGA Contact Persons

  • Labour and organisation expert: Mrs E.P. Koudstaal, direct-dialling number 8015.
  • Company doctor: Mrs  Carine de Vries, direct-dialling number 8015 
    Employees and managers/supervisors can contact her for (information on) absenteeism guidance and workfloor risk management.
  • Working conditions and environment coordinator (A&M Coordinator): Mrs P.J. Slabber, direct-dialling number 2275. 
    Employees and students can contact her for advice and information on physical working conditions.

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