Organisation

The occupational safety and health authority is an independent enforcement authority. We conduct inspections both at our own initiative and at the request of our customers – employers and employees.

The five occupational safety and health divisions form part of the Regional State Administrative Agencies but are under the direct control of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. 

Organisation of the occupational safety and health administration

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Department for Occupational Safety and Health

The Department for Occupational Safety and Health at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health steers the occupational safety and health divisions at the Regional State Administrative Agencies, prepares and develops occupational safety and health legislation and occupational safety and health policy, and manages international cooperation in the field of occupational safety and health.

Field Operations Unit

  • prepares the performance goals for occupational safety and health enforcement
  • steers regional occupational safety and health functions
  • handles official decisions concerning product safety control.

 

 


Legislation Unit

  • drafts occupational safety and health acts, decrees and other legislation
  • issues instructions on the application of legislation and monitors its implementation
  • drafts reports on the implementation of EU legislation
  • publishes information on the general applicability of collective agreements.


Policy Unit

  • evaluates, monitors and drafts strategies and policies concerning occupational safety and health and wellbeing at work
  • coordinates development efforts concerning wellbeing at work
  • is responsible for national and EU-level tasks of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
  • is responsible for internal support services in the department.

 

Five occupational safety and health divisions
at the Regional State Administrative Agencies

The occupational safety and health divisions manage the regional enforcement and steering of occupational safety and health. A key goal is to promote and maintain employee’s work capacity and functional capacity and to prevent work-related health hazards and harmful impacts. Monitoring also ensures compliance with the ground rules of working life at workplaces.

The duties of the occupational safety and health divisions at the Regional State Administrative Agencies are:

  • managing occupational safety and health monitoring at the initiative of both customers and other authorities
  • investigating the causes of serious occupational accidents, occupational diseases and work-related diseases and taking action to prevent them
  • engaging in product safety control
  • contributing to the investigating of employment-related offences.