Occupational health and safety and well-being

The goal of well-being at work is to keep employees healthy and able to work throughout their careers.

The purpose of a workplace’s occupational health and safety (OHS) activities is to improve working conditions – to prevent and fix deficiencies and help solve work-related problems.

Occupational health and safety is a part of management. A good quality of working life and a healthy work community have a positive impact on productivity.

Indirect and direct OHS co-operation

OHS co-operation is direct and representative. Direct OHS co-operation includes, among other things, workplace meetings, development discussions and daily discussions at the workplace on work and work-related problems.

Representative OHS co-operation means the activities of the OHS co-operation organisation where the representatives selected by the personnel represent the entire personnel.

More on OHS co-operation:
The Centre for Occupational Safety – OHS co-operation

Also see:
Occupational safety ombudsman’s and other parties’ tasks on the Occupational safety ombudsman page (under construction)

Responsibility of line management

A workplace’s line management has primary responsibility for OHS, for the workplace’s activities and safety. The OHS manager is the employer’s representative, whose job it is to assist the employer and supervisors in OHS matters.

The employer is responsible for

  • safety
  • workplace induction
  • arranging occupational health care
  • dimensioning the work to suit the employee
  • acquiring protective and assistive equipment
  • taking OHS into account in planning and dimensioning the work
  • monitoring working conditions
  • early intervention
  • putting an end to harassment and inappropriate behaviour

The employer’s responsibility is distributed among the entire line organisation from the upper management to the immediate supervisor.

Employee’s OHS responsibilities

  • follow the employer’s instructions and orders
  • follow safe working methods, order and tidiness, diligence and carefulness
  • use protective and assistive equipment
  • make sure that their work does not cause harm to themselves or others’ safety or health
  • report flaws and deficiencies to supervisors and the occupational safety ombudsman or any OHS representative
  • behave appropriately towards others