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Supervising OSH

The Regional State Administrative Agencies oversee compliance with workplace OSH within their OSH Divisions.

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

Workplace OSH enforcement

The supervision of OSH is based on the

OSH Divisions cover 250 000 workplaces and perform 20 000 OSH inspections each year.

Improving OSH impact

The effectiveness of OSH is being improved through 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.

Market surveillance

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

OSH market surveillance is usually carried out under the OSH Divisions of the Regional State Administrative Agencies. OSH market surveillance deals with machinery, personal protective equipment, and technical devices for professional use.

The MSAH's Department for Work and Gender Equality is the competent market surveillance authority and decides on the prohibition of, or imposition of conditions and restrictions on, products that do not meet requirements 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

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