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Emergency work notification

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

You may only have emergency work carried out in exceptional circumstances as provided in the Working Hours Act. An employer can order an employee to perform emergency work without the employee’s consent.

Emergency work should never be carried out for longer than necessary. When performing emergency work, the employer can only extend normal working hours to the extent necessary to prevent the unforeseeable threat, but for no longer than two weeks.

Emergency work is not included in the maximum amount of overtime, and the maximum amount of overtime does not prevent emergency work from being performed. However, normal overtime and Sunday work compensation must be paid for emergency work.

The employer must notify the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southwest Finland of the reason, extent and likely duration of emergency work in writing and without delay.

After receiving the notification, the occupational safety and health authority assesses whether emergency work is justified. If there is no objection to the notification and the facts contained therein, the matter will be processed based on the notification.

If the characteristics of emergency work are not met, the undue emergency work can be considered overtime. If necessary, the occupational safety and health authority will also take action to restrict or end emergency work.

Do the following

Submit a written notification of the reason, extent and probable duration of the emergency work as soon as possible after the emergency work begins. Also attach the statement of the shop steward or the elected representative or, if the workplace has neither, the statement of the occupational safety and health representative. If there is no employee representative for the workplace, reserve every employee an opportunity to be heard separately in relation to the notification.

You can use the emergency work notification form to submit the notification. Send the emergency notification to the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southwest Finland.

To whom and on what terms

Emergency work can be commissioned when an unforeseeable event has caused an interruption in regular activities or seriously threatens to lead to such an interruption or a risk to life, health or property, and the work cannot be postponed to a later date.

The characteristics of emergency work, i.e. an unforeseeable event and the resulting interruption or serious threat of interruption of regular operations and the threat or danger to life, health or property must exist at the same time. In such cases, the regular working hours laid down or agreed upon can be extended to the extent required by the abovementioned reasons, but only for a maximum of two weeks.

The employee’s consent is not required for commissioning emergency work. A person under 15 years of age cannot be kept in emergency work. Persons aged 15 or over can only be kept in emergency work if there are no employees aged 18 or over available for it.

If the work that meets the requirements for emergency work is carried out during regular working hours, it is not emergency work. It is only considered emergency work after regular working hours.

The service is free of charge.


The notification of emergency work must be made without delay.

Processing time

After receiving the notification, the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southwest Finland will assess whether it will require any measures.

Period of validity

The emergency work notification must be submitted separately for each case of emergency work.

Basic information

The service is provided byRegional State Administrative Agency
Responsible for the serviceRegional State Administrative Agency
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: Regional State Administrative Agency
Updated: 1/4/2022