Supervising OSH

The Regional State Administrative Agencies oversee compliance with workplace OSH within their OSH Fields of Responsibility.

The MSAH and the four-year framework agreements concerning these areas of responsibility define the aims of OHS supervision.

Workplace OSH enforcement

The supervision of OSH is based on the

OSH Fields of Responsibility cover 250 000 workplaces and perform 20 000 OSH inspections each year.

Improving OSH impact

The effectiveness of OSH is being improved through projects where the supervision of OSH targets at-risk professions and workplaces, by selecting the right supervisory methods and making such supervision and enforcement as productive as possible.

Current projects include the forecasting of psycho-social risks, being carried out in all EU states.

Market surveillance

Market surveillance entails monitoring by the authorities to ensure that the market or products being used meet specific requirements and are not hazardous to people's safety and health.

OSH market surveillance is usually carried out under the OSH Fields of Responsibility of the Regional State Administrative Agencies. OSH market surveillance deals with machinery, equipment, personal protective equipment, and chemicals. If necessary, such activity can be transferred to the MSAH.

The MSAH's Department for Occupational Safety and Health decides on the prohibition of, or imposition of conditions and restrictions on, products that do not meet set standards or are hazardous.

Tackling the ‘grey economy'

OSH enforcement also involves tackling the ‘grey economy' through ensuring compliance with OSH rules. Enforcement ensures that employers only use employees who are entitled to work in Finland, that employment contracts are in line with legislation and that subcontractors and labour brokers are used by firms that abide by the rules.

Other Finnish OSH organisations