Occupational safety and health inspection
- Public service
Occupational safety inspections are a key part of the occupational safety and health authority’s supervision. The inspector gives instructions based on legislation for improving working conditions and developing occupational safety activities. The inspections are specifically targeted at high-risk sectors. Supervision also aims to promote cooperation between the employer and employees in matters of occupational safety and health. The inspections impose obligations on matters found to be in violation of legislation.
The occupational safety and health authority must report to the police when suspecting a criminalised act at the workplace. The supervision of occupational safety legislation consists of the supervision of factors affecting safety and security management and hazards at the workplace. The inspection is also a way to monitor legal compliance on employment relationships and combating the black economy. Supervision also uses the right to exchange information between authorities.
The authorities cooperate with employer and employee organisations in directing the supervision. Regional occupational safety and health boards act as regional partners.
The inspections provide an opportunity for dialogue between the inspector, employer and employees. It also addresses issues that the representatives of the workplace themselves wish to highlight. The inspector cannot solve matters on behalf of the workplace, but they can share good practices and advice on where to look for help and tools to face the challenges. During the inspection, the inspector observes the working conditions based on discussion and documents as well as by taking a tour of the workplace. The conditions can also be assessed with different indicators or surveys. The workplace receives a summary of the results that shows how well they compare with the industry’s average.
At the end of the inspection, the inspector shares their assessment of the working environment and if they noticed any shortcomings that violate legislation. The inspector may impose obligations related to the shortcomings, which will be included in the report. There will be a follow-up inspection to monitor that the minor or serious issues have been fixed. You can report on fixing other deficiencies to the occupational safety and health authority through an interactive service channel. You can access the service channel from the Tyosuojelu.fi online service. The service requires Suomi.fi e-Identification.
Do the following
In general, the inspector contacts the employer in advance to agree on the time of the inspection. The issues to be discussed are listed in an advance notice of the inspection.
Before the occupational safety and health inspection, make sure that the necessary documents stated in the inspection notice are easily available during the inspection. Assess the occupational safety and health activities at your workplace beforehand. You can search the Tyosuojelu.fi online service for information to support the assessment. Make sure that an employee representative participates in the inspection.
To whom and on what terms
Inspections are carried out at workplaces of all sizes. Inspections may also be carried out on request.
The occupational safety and health inspection report is delivered to the workplace no later than one month after the end of the inspection or when all the necessary material is available to the supervising authority.
The service is free of charge.