Edited: 07.12.2016 - 14:40
Training for occupational safety representatives
Are you newly elected?
Learn about the roles, rights and responsibilities of an occupational safety representative through our orientation material available online. You can find the material here (in Finnish).
When you have been elected, contact your PAM regional office, which will help you get started. PAM regional offices organize orientation events for new employee representatives. Orientation gives you initial information about your role, tools and rights. The orientation event also helps you find cooperation partners.
Take a basic occupational health and safety course as soon as possible
The basic course in occupational health and safety gives an overview of occupational health and safety, including its physical, psychological and social aspects. The course provides you with orientation for your role, rights and responsibilities, occupational health and safety legislation and agreements. In addition, you will gain practice in cooperation and negotiation. The course includes an advance assignment and an intermediate assignment. The course lasts 3 days + 2 days.
Participation in the basic course is usually paid for an occupational safety representative – in other words, it is supported by your employer. However, please confirm the situation in your sector using this table (in Finnish). The course is also suitable for occupational safety delegates and employee members of workplace health and safety committees.
- Check the dates for upcoming basic courses using the training and events calendar (in Finnish).
- View the outline of the basic occupational health and safety course here (in Finnish).
Take the continuation course about a year after the basic course
You can take the continuation course about a year after the basic course. This course provides more in-depth knowledge about occupational health and safety and develops your skills in planning occupational health and safety activities. Key contents include work and well-being, labour law and development of workplace activities. In addition, the course covers special issues relating to occupational health and safety within service sectors through occupational health care, official activities and self-motivated inspections. The course lasts 5 days + 5 days and it is implemented in cooperation with Kiljava Institute.
Participation in the continuation course is usually paid for an occupational safety representative – in other words, it is supported by your employer. However, please confirm the situation in your sector using this table (in Finnish).
Refresher courses for employee representatives
If you have already taken a basic course for shop stewards or occupational safety representatives, you can consolidate and update your competence on a refresher course at Kiljava Institute. In addition to courses commissioned by PAM, you are free to choose any short course from the institute’s list of courses once every year.
More information about courses and dates is available on the Kiljava Institute website (in Finnish). You should always sign up for Kiljava courses via PAM’s Course Secretary (e-mail: kurssisihteeri(at)pam.fi, tel. 020 774 2070).
PAM also organizes sector-specific refresher courses for employee representatives. Follow the training and events calendar (in Finnish) and course advertisements in the PAMplus Magazine (in Finnish).
Participation in some refresher courses may be paid, which means that you will be paid compensation for loss of earnings equivalent to your regular pay. In other cases, employee representatives receive support in the form of a training day allowance or a course scholarship.