Occupational safety and health personnel

Occupational safety and health personnel

Every workplace must have an occupational safety and health manager to represent the employer’s interests in the context of cooperation in occupational safety and health matters. Employers can take care of the duties of the occupational safety and health manager themselves or appoint another person for the task.

Employees can choose an occupational safety and health representative and up to two deputy representatives. All workplaces with at least 10 employees must have an occupational safety and health representative.

Workplaces with at least 20 regular employees must have an occupational safety and health committee. Both the employer and the employees must be represented on the committee. The committee’s role is to suggest improvements to working conditions and occupational health care and to coordinate the provision of occupational safety and health training. The committee also helps to organise activities aimed at maintaining employees’ work ability.

It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that the occupational safety and health personnel are able to attend to their duties, for example, by providing the occupational safety and health representative and the occupational safety and health committee with a designated space in which to perform their work.

It is also the employer’s duty to enter the names and contact details of the members of the occupational safety and health organisation into the Centre for Occupational Safety’s Register of Occupational Safety Personnel at www.ttkrekisteri.fi. More information is available on the Centre for Occupational Safety’s website.

Occupational safety and health personnel are bound by confidentiality

Members of the occupational safety and health organisation cannot divulge any confidential information that they learn in the course of their duties. Such information cannot be disclosed even after the individual in question no longer attends to occupational safety and health duties.

Confidential information includes such information relating to the employer’s financial position, business or trade secrets and corporate security and other similar security arrangements the disclosure of which could damage the employer or the employer’s business or contractual partners. Information concerning individuals’ financial position, health or other personal circumstances is also confidential.