Permits and notifications - Occupational disease
If a doctor suspects that a patient is suffering from an occupational or work-related disease within the meaning of the Finnish Workers’ Compensation Act, they must immediately and notwithstanding any obligation of confidence report the case to occupational safety and health authorities.
The report must include
- the patient’s name, personal identification number and contact details
- the employer’s name and contact details
- • any other necessary contact information
- • the nature and duration of exposure, and
- details about the nature of the condition, the diagnosis and the damage caused to the employee.
Form: Occupational disease / work-related illness report (pdf, in Finnish)
The report must be addressed to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health of the employer’s Regional State Administrative Agency. See here for contact information.
The Division of Occupational Safety and Health analyses the occupational disease report
The Division of Occupational Safety and Health must determine whether conditions at the workplace need to be investigated by means of enforcement as a result of the doctor’s report. Enforcement measures, such as occupational safety and health inspections, are designed to prevent other cases of the same disease. Confidentiality provisions must be taken into account.
Occupational safety and health inspections and other enforcement measures only address conditions at the workplace, and it is not the occupational safety and health authorities’ responsibility to comment on the diagnosis or any workers’ compensation that may be payable to the patient.
The path from an occupational disease report to an occupational safety and health inspection