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Finland: Health and safety

Original and updating author: Teea Kemppinen, Bird & Bird Attorneys Ltd

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  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act is the main legislation governing health and safety at work. (See General)
  • Employers and employees have various duties regarding health and safety. (See Duties on employers and employees)
  • At workplaces where at least 10 employees regularly work, the employees must elect from among themselves an occupational safety and health representative to represent them in cooperation with the employer on health and safety. (See Safety representatives)
  • The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and its regional Occupational Safety and Health Administrations are the authorities responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with health and safety legislation. (See Enforcement and penalties)
  • Employers must take out statutory accident insurance for employees where the amount they pay or have agreed to pay in wages for work carried out exceeds €1,500 in a calendar year. (See Compensation for occupational injury or illness)