Occupational safety and health policy sums up the goals

The occupational safety and health policy defines the goals for the occupational health and safety work in the workplace and for activities that promote the working capacity of the staff. The policy also describes occupational health and safety responsibilities and the way of organizing the cooperation measures. The preparation of the occupational safety and health policy is based on the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The policy is employer-specific and applies to all employers.

Contents of the occupational safety and health policy

A key point in the occupational safety and health policy is the systematic development of occupational safety and employee well-being that is based on the needs of the workplace. A good policy covers the organization of work, working conditions, social relationships and the effects of the work environment on the physical and mental health of the employees.

The contents of the occupational safety and health policy and the goals set for occupational health and safety work are based on the assessment of workplace hazards and risks. In addition, the workplace survey made by the occupational health care services provides information on health hazards caused by the work and working conditions.

Preparing the occupational safety and health policy

The content, form and scope of the occupational safety and health policy depend on the company's sector, size, production and service method and occupational health and safety needs.

The policy may be made to cover the entire company, or a policy programme may be drawn up on the company level that can be complemented with work unit- and department-specific programmes.
Preparing the occupational safety and health policy is one of the issues that should be handled in cooperation with the staff. It is important to make use of the expertise of the occupational safety cooperation personnel when preparing the occupational safety and health policy.

Example of the contents of the occupational safety and health policy

Occupational health and safety responsibilities and obligations
  • in accordance with the work duties and powers
  • who are the employer's and who are the employees' representatives
Organization of occupational health and safety cooperation and cooperation personnel
  • occupational safety manager
  • occupational safety representative and deputy representatives (if elected)
  • occupational safety ombudsmen and other cooperation personnel, e.g. occupational safety partners (if elected)
  • organisation of the occupational safety committee (if elected)
Occupational health care
  • method of organization and contents (statutory and otherwise)
  • contact person
Workplace safety instructions
  • instructions for specific situations, e.g. working alone, threat of violence
  • early support
  • first aid
Description of the work environment and development needs
  • identification of work hazards and risks and risk assessment
  • workspaces, working conditions
  • activities promoting working capacity
Issues to monitor related to working conditions
  • sick leave, accidents at work
  • incident reporting
  • work capacity evaluation, monitoring the amount of work strain
  • work atmosphere
Occupational health and safety work in the workplace
  • work orientation and guidance
  • procurement
  • training and communication
  • development activity and situations of change
Monitoring and maintenance of the policy
•    persons responsible


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