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 2018, we performed over 26,000 workplace inspections initiated by authorities or customers. We issued over 57,000 written advices and about 7,400 improvement notices on matters that should be corrected at workplaces. We submit an inspection report to the workplace in question no later than one month after the end of the inspection, or when the Occupational Safety and Health Division has access to all the necessary material.

We received about 35,200 communications from customers in 2018. Almost half of these had to do with employment relationships, and the majority of the rest had to do with working conditions. More than 2,000 of these communications led to an occupational safety and health inspection.

On about 400 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 330 reports with the police concerning aggravated occupational safety and health offences, and we issued 473 statements to the police and prosecutors. We also investigated over 1,000 occupational accidents in 2018.