According to the law, employers and employees must cooperate in maintaining and improving safety in the workplace. Within their personal skill set and based on the instructions provided to them, employees are required to maintain the health and safety of their co-workers in addition to their own.
Cooperation in occupational safety and health must address all matters that may have an impact on the safety, health or working capacity of an employee.
Here’s how to do it in a workplace with a staff of less than 10 people:
The entrepreneur or director acts as the occupational safety and health manager at the workplace, ensuring cooperation between employer and employees.
Carry out the measures listed in the risk assessment section with the staff.
Include the staff in the implementation of the workplace survey, and
With the staff, go through the recommendations issued by occupational health care and the contract concluded with the occupational health care service provider.
Here’s how to do it in a workplace with a staff of more than 10 people:
The employees elect
the occupational safety and health representative and his/her deputies
their representative for the occupational safety and health committee (in workplaces with a staff of more than 20 people).
Send a notification about the appointed persons to the register of occupational safety and health personnel (in Finnish, ttk.fi) maintained by the Centre for Occupational Safety. In addition, always send a notification about the provider of the occupational health care services to the register.
Cooperation between the employer and employees helps maintain and improve safety at the workplace. Open and confidential cooperation is a prerequisite for the development of occupational safety. Further information is available in Chapter 3 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (in Finnish, finlex.fi) and the Act on Occupational Safety and Health Enforcement and Cooperation on Occupational Safety and Health at Workplaces (in Finnish, finlex.fi).
Employer’s duties of notification
Cooperation within undertakings