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Safety at work

The employer and employees must jointly promote health and safety at work. The employer must identify hazards arising from the work, working conditions and the working environment.

You must be familiarised with your work, adequately advised of the associated hazards, and instructed in how to prevent harm.

As an employee, you must comply with your employer’s regulations and instructions, and otherwise promote safety at your workplace. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Act applies to 

  • all work done in the private and public sectors 
  • the work of students in education
  • work performed under employment policy schemes and 
  • work done in non-military service.

Text edited by: Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions – SAK, Confederation of Finnish Industries – EK, Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland – Akava, Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees – STTK, KT Local Government Employers, Labour Market Organisation of the Church – KiT, Office for the Government as Employer – VTML
Updated: 9/4/2018