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Exceptional permit for period-based work

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

When period-based work is carried out at a workplace, the main rule is that the working hours should not exceed 120 hours in a period of three weeks or 80 hours in a period of two weeks.

Period-based work can be commissioned without an exceptional permit in passenger and goods traffic and in accommodation and catering establishments. You can find a comprehensive list of fields where period-based work can be performed in the Working Hours Act.

The Occupational Safety and Health Division of the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southwest Finland can authorise the organisation of period-based working hours even in fields not mentioned in the provision on period-based working hours in the Working Hours Act, in the event that it is necessary.

Do the following

Apply for the exceptional permit in writing from the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southwest Finland. You can use the application form Exceptional permit for period-based work. Attach a report of hearing the employee representative to the application. Submit the application and its appendices to the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southwest Finland.

To whom and on what terms

The exceptional permit requires that period-based work is absolutely necessary. The grounds for why the applicant considers that the use of period-based work is necessary must be specified in the application.

The employer must provide the employee representative (shop steward or elected representative or, in the absence of these, occupational safety and health representative) with an opportunity to be heard on the application for a permit. If there is no such representative at the workplace, the opportunity to be heard must be reserved to all employees that the permit application concerns.

The service is free of charge.


Deadline

Submit the permit application to the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southwest Finland before applied period of validity starts. The exceptional permit is not granted retroactively.

Processing time

The processing time is 30 days after the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southwest Finland has received all documents required for the permit application.

Period of validity

The period of validity of the permit is specified in the decision concerning it. The permit application must specify the period for which the permit is applied.

Basic information

The service is provided byRegional State Administrative Agency
Responsible for the serviceRegional State Administrative Agency
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesSwedish, Finnish
Text edited by: Regional State Administrative Agency
Updated: 23/3/2022