Hallstahammar municipality is located in the western part of the Mälardalen region in Västmanland. The municipality currently has around 15,600 inhabitants and consists of the main town Hallstahammar (10 000 inhabitants), Kolbäck (2000 inhabitants) and Stromsholm (700 inhabitants). The surface is a small municipality with a land area of 171 km2. Population density is 88 inhabitants per km2.
Current hallstahammar municipality was formed in the year-end 1970/71 by merging Hallstahammars town and Kolbäcks rural municipality. The new municipality had about 19 000 inhabitants, which was then estimated to increase to 25,000 around the year 1990. But in the 1970s and 1980s came the decline of industry (steel crisis) that led to a decline in the population and today is the population figure of nearly 15600 (7830 women and 7766 men). In 2005, the population of 14955 inhabitants that since then steadily increase, albeit at a modest pace. Nearby Västerås population development also benefits Hallstahammar. Today ther is a housing shortage in the municipality.
Hallstahammars town grew up around industries Hallstahammars AB ("Mill") and Bolt AB ("Bolt"). At that time Hallstahammar municipality had a rather one-sided industry, but today the municipality has around 800 companies. The largest employer is Hallstahammar municipality with more than 1,300 employees. Among the private employers are FinnvedenBulten and Sandvik Heating Technology the largest employers.
In the municipality there are currently eleven kindergartens, seven elementary schools, geographically spread throughout the municipality, but no secondary school. The municipality has two health centers but no proper hospitals. The nearest hospital can be found i Västerås about 20 km away. The municipality's population ages over time and nearly 24 % are over 65 by 2015.
The strategy, ambitions, Objectives and work in the community in regard to safety.
The main objective in this work is that Hallstahammar municipality should be a safe community to live, reside and work in. The safety promotion and injury prevention is an important part of the long-term public health work as practiced in Hallstahammar municipality in order to create the favorable conditions for safety and quality of life for locals. Primarily, it is of course to reduce the human suffering caused by accidents, but an important part is also the great social costs of accidents that comes with it.
Accident prevention in the municipality based on the indicators for a safe community. Among other things, an infrastructure based on the participation of citizens led by an interdepartmental group is required. This group consists of Hallstahammars case of the Council for Safe and secure municipality. The same cross-sector solution is also the case in all the working groups linked to this work. Some examples of councils and groups working to achieve enhanced safety and security of Hallstahammar municipality;
- The Council for the safe community
- Steering Group for Safe Community
- Workinggroup for children and young people
- Workinggroup for the elderly
- Workinggroup on employment and livelihoods
- Workinggroup for safety and preparedness
- Localteams in schools
- Local crime prevention councils
- Parentcouncils in schools and kindergartens
- Safetyteams in scholls
- The Fixers – free fix services for the elderly in their homes. for example, help with
putting up curtain rails to prevent falls in the elderly.
- Womencoordinator- to support abused women.
- Municipal Pensioners – the municipalities all organisations representing the elderly take part.
The strategy is to focus on identifying and restricting different risk factors in the community, but at the same time promoting various protective factors in both society and for the individual. The focus is on preventive measures that will lead to (target):
- that the number of accidents and incidents decreasing
- that the social cost of accidents is reduced
- all employees to feel secure in their profession
- that safety be considered in any planning (LSO) program.
As part of this established the council in 2012 a coordinated organizational structure for safety and security in the municipality. The aim is to promote collaboration between stakeholders in a broad range of security and safety. A central part of the organizational structure is the priority target groups of children and young people, the elderly and the disabled.
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