Occupational safety and health authorities issue guidelines and advice concerning occupational safety and health and the terms and conditions of employment relationships.
The nationwide telephone service of the OSH authorities at 0295 016 620 is open from Monday to Friday 8.00–16.15.
The occupational safety and health authorities have four primary duties:
responsible for occupational safety and health enforcement at the initiative of both customers and other authorities
investigating the causes of serious accidents at work, occupational diseases and work-related illnesses, and their prevention
product control of machinery and equipment as well as personal protective equipment
contributing to the investigation of employment-related offences
The purpose of occupational safety and health enforcement is to ensure compliance with the laws concerning safety at work, occupational health and employment relationships at workplaces. The enforcement is mainly implemented through occupational safety and health inspections at workplaces. In most workplaces, the inspection visits are viewed as opportunities to obtain advice and instructions. Under extreme circumstances, if necessary, the inspector can stop work that causes immediate danger to life or health.
The occupational safety and health authorities give prior notification of their inspection visits and matters that will be inspected. Sometimes inspection visits are made without giving prior notification.
As a rule, occupational safety and health enforcement is carried out on the basis of requests received from employer and employee associations and workplaces. Further information is available on the website of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Finland (tyosuojelu.fi).
Employer’s duties of notification