Occupational health and safety

It is the responsibility of each employer to ensure that work does not endanger employees’ health and safety. The employer must look after physical conditions at the workplace, such as temperatures and ergonomics, and maintain a good atmosphere among employees as well as supervisors.

Any dangers involved in the work, working environments and working conditions must be identified and assessed systematically and regularly. Employees must also be vigilant and notify their superiors whenever they notice any possible issues in their working conditions.

Provisions on occupational health and safety are included in the Occupational Safety and Health Act (738/2002), the Working Hours Act (605/1996), the Act on Enforcement and Cooperation on Occupational Safety and Health at Workplaces (44/2006), the Occupational Health Care Act (1383/2001), etc.Furthermore, provisions relating to occupational health and safety are also included in different collective agreements or separate agreements between employer and employee organizations.

The safety of workplace conditions is monitored by the occupational safety officer and occupational safety representatives within individual workplaces. Compliance with labour legislation is supervised by labour protection authorities.