Occupational safety organisation

The occupational safety organisation functions as an expert and assists the employer in issues related to well-being at work and OHS co-operation. Take a closer look!

Occupational safety committee

Elected for workplaces with at least 20 employees. The term of office for the committee is either two or four years.

The committee has four (4), eight (8) or twelve (12) members, of which

  • employees ¾
  • employer’s representatives ¼
  • occupational safety ombudsmen are always members
  • other employee representatives are selected in connection with the elections
  • OHS manager participates in meetings whether they are a member or not

OHS co-operation can be arranged also at multiple levels or agency, institution or sector-specifically.

The OHS committee and co-operation body can be combined. In this case, the same body handles issues linked to both the Act on Occupational Safety and Health Enforcement and Cooperation on Occupational Safety and Health at Workplaces and occupational health and safety agreements and Acts on Co-operation within Undertakings.

Issues handled in OHS co-operation

Co-operation must handle at least:

  • Matters that immediately impact the employee’s safety and health and any changes related to these.
  • The principles, results and conclusions of risk assessment.
  • Occupational health care operations
    • workplace surveys
    • suggestions for measures based on them
    • action plan
    • reports from activities

Development objectives and programmes related to work ability management activities and others impacting the health and safety of employees

  • OHS action plan
    • OHS committee’s annual action plan
    • well-being at work development plan
    • rules for good workplace behaviour
    • instructions for managing the threat of violence
    • impacts of the aging of personnel
    • procedures for steering early intervention and rehabilitation
    • issues linked to the organising and dimensioning of work and significant changes to these, which impact employees’ safety, health and work ability
  • need for and arrangement of training, guidance and induction given to employees

Statistics and monitoring data linked to work, the work environment and the state of the work community or describing the safety and health of work, such as

  • HR statement and corresponding information
    • monitoring data for absences due to illness and occupational accidents
  • Prevention of substance abuse problems and procedures concerning substance abuse and models for referral to treatment, such as
    • workplace substance abuse programme
  • Need for and arrangement of OHS communication.
  • OHS training required by the OHS co-operation personnel.
  • Monitoring of the implementation and impacts of the above-mentioned issues.
  • Occupational safety questions linked to an employee working in their own home or in that of another (municipal sector occupational health and safety agreement).