Monitoring in numbers

There are about 250,000 workplaces in Finland subject to monitoring by the occupational safety and health authorities. We aim to target our inspections so that our monitoring will be as effective as possible. About half of our inspections concern workplaces with fewer than ten employees.

In 2016, we performed over 28,000 workplace inspections initiated by authorities or customers. We issued over 62,000 guidelines and about 8,100 advisories on matters that should be corrected at workplaces.

We received nearly 38,000 communications from customers in 2016. Almost half of these had to do with employment relationships, and the majority of the rest had to do with working conditions. More than 1,800 of these communications led to an occupational safety and health inspection.

On about 390 occasions we were obliged to use coercive measures: prohibitions on use, various obligatory decisions and fines for neglect of contractor’s liability.

We filed about 410 reports with the police concerning aggravated occupational safety and health offences, and we issued about 476 statements to the police and prosecutors. We also investigated a total of 868 occupational accidents in 2016.