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Work health and safety improvements mapped

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
15.8.2005 7.49
Press release -

Working conditions and occupational health and safety meet high international standards, according to a new occupational safety strategy report produced by the MSAH that looks at the situation reached by 2004 as a follow-up to strategies carried out in recent years.

Workplace accidents have dropped by some 50% in the last 20 years, but the good trends in the situation had ceased by the turn of the millennium. Now, positive trends have picked once more due to concerted efforts to improve the situation.

The report notes that employees’ safety at work is better catered for now than in the past. But the aim of the report is to further improve Finnish working conditions, in part by raising the level of debate on working life and occupational safety.

This meshes with efforts to improve the overall quality of working life as part of work attraction strategies aimed to boost the employment rate and reduce the rate of early retirement.

The report maps the improvements in health and safety in working life over several years, offering comparative statistics to show changes in work conditions. One of its aims has been to compile a strong statistical base so as to gain a full picture of changes in health and safety developments and regimes.

Further information:

Mikko Hurmalainen, Director General, Occupational Safety and Health,
tel. +358 9 160 73100

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