Occupational Health and Safety Work is All about Cooperation
Working on one’s own initiative forms the basis for safe and healthy working conditions. The employer and the supervisors acting as the employer’s representatives are legally responsible for the safety of the workplace.
Occupational health and safety cooperation personnel – occupational safety managers, occupational safety representatives, their deputies, ombudsmen and members of occupational safety committees – are experts who take part in handling occupational safety issues in their workplace.
Each and every one of us, regardless of our position or job description, is responsible for taking care of our own safety and the safety of our colleagues.
The occupational safety authorities in the Regional State Administrative Agencies are responsible for occupational safety and health, and it is their duty to monitor regional compliance with occupational safety and health rules and regulations.
Roles and Tasks
Occupational health and safety cooperation is based on legislation
- The Occupational Safety and Health Act (738/2002) requires employers and employees to work together to maintain and improve safety and health in the workplace.
- The Act on Occupational Safety and Health Enforcement and Cooperation on Occupational Safety and Health at Workplaces (44/2006), or the so-called Work Safety Supervision Act, lays down more detailed rules on the organization of occupational health and safety cooperation in the workplace, the tasks of the occupational safety representatives and occupational safety managers, and the matters to be addressed in occupational safety cooperation.