Occupational health and safety
Occupational health and safety is a form of cooperation between the employers and employees, which aims to ensure a safe working environment and promote well-being at work.
Occupational health and safety measures include:
- Ensuring a safe and healthy work environment
- Maintaining the employees' ability to work
- Promoting well-being at work.
In practice, this entails the occupational safety ombudsman and other personnel representatives cooperating with the employer to improve working conditions. The main responsibility of health and safety at the workplace is on the employer, but the employees are responsible for their own actions and adhering to the instructions.
The objective of promoting occupational safety is to ensure safe and healthy working conditions and to maintain the employees' ability to work and to advance their well-being at work. At its best, occupational safety is a part of daily routines at the workplace – an essential part of every day work and management. The results are reflected directly in the quality and productivity of work and services.
In a good working environment, its condition is assessed on a continuous basis, risk and load factors are identified, and solutions are sought to eliminate them.
The quality of work can best be improved at the workplace in cooperation between the employer and the personnel. When necessary, expert advice is sought. The nearest expert is the occupational health service.
Monitoring occupational health and safety
Monitoring occupational health and safety is the responsibility of the Occupational Safety and Health Inspectorates that operate under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
Monitoring is also carried out by a number of other authorities, such as the Safety Technology Authority, the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, the Consumer Agency and the National Product Control Agency for Welfare and Health.
Help with occupational health and safety issues
There are numerous occupational health and safety issues in your work and at your workplace. Depending on the type of work, these issues may relate to heavy work, ergonomics, mental well-being, machine safety or chemicals.
If you cannot obtain sufficient information or solve the problem yourself, contact your closest supervisor. The occupational health and safety representative and other people working in occupational safety can also help you. If the matter cannot be solved at the workplace, it may be necessary to contact higher supervisors.
If you feel that the working conditions have an adverse effect on your physical or mental health and the measures taken to improve them are not sufficient, contact the occupational health services.
Sometimes there are problems that cannot be solved at the workplace or by the employer and an outside perspective is needed. The expertise in the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Inspectorates is then available to you. Any member of the work community can contact the closest inspectorate. However, it is best to discuss the matter thoroughly with your supervisors and the occupational safety ombudsman first. In most cases, it is best that the occupational safety ombudsman contacts the inspectorate as a representative of the employees.
- The Centre for Occupational Safety
- Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH)
- European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
- Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Inspectorates