Occupational safety and health (OSH)
The MSAH prepares and develops legislation and policies on OSH and deals with international cooperation in this field. The ministry also guides the occupational safety and health work of the Regional State Administrative Agencies.
Safety and health at work
The aim of OSH is to prevent, reduce and eradicate workplace accidents, occupational diseases and physically and psychologically harmful strain.
Most international OSH cooperation is carried out in the EU, the International Labour Organization and with other Nordic countries.
Safety and health at work are one of the most important and progressive areas of EU social policy.
Most Finnish legislation on OSH is based on EU directives, the preparation of which involves Finnish specialists.
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, located in Bilbao in Spain, is important in OSH cooperation at the European level. The MSAH is the national coordinating body in Finland, acting together with the various bodies represented on the Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health.