Occupational safety and health manager

Occupational safety and health manager

The occupational safety and health manager acts as the employer’s representative 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.

It is important that the occupational safety and health manager is familiar with the circumstances of the workplace and qualified for the role. They must also be familiar with occupational safety and health laws. The occupational safety and health manager must be in a position to attend to the practical arrangements of cooperation in occupational safety and health matters.

It is the occupational safety and health manager’s duty to coordinate and promote cooperation in occupational safety and health matters in the workplace. The occupational safety and health manager does not have to be a member of the occupational safety and health committee, but they must have the right to attend its meetings.

The duties of the occupational safety and health manager include

  • providing advice to the employer and managerial staff in order to ensure sufficient competence in occupational safety and health matters in the workplace
  • coordinating, supporting and promoting cooperation in occupational safety and health matters in the workplace
  • contributing to the work of the occupational safety and health committee, and
  • liaising with occupational safety and health authorities.

The occupational safety and health manager is not automatically responsible for compliance with occupational safety and health laws, as the employer always has the ultimate responsibility for occupational safety.