The MSAH is responsible for preparing legislation on occupational safety and health care, and policy development on occupational safety and health and wellbeing at work. The ministry also deals with equality and and balancing working life and family life.
One of the MSAH's strategic aims is is to promote safe and healthy working conditions and workability for everyone. An important goal is to lengthen working careers at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the working career. Improving people’s ability, willingness and possibilities to work is a key condition for extending careers.
Finland has extensive legislation on promoting the safety and health of employees.
Occupational safety and health in the workplace (OSH) »
Safety at work results from the combined efforts of employers and employees. Employers are responsible for workplace safety and health.
Supervising OSH »
The Regional State Administrative Agencies oversee compliance with workplace OSH within their OSH Fields of Responsibility.
Occupational health care and maintaining work ability »
Sustaining work ability demands the mutual collaboration of employees, employers, and occupational health care services. Employers have a statutory obligation to arrange occupational health care.
Wellbeing at work »
Promoting wellbeing at work involves employers and employees. Wellbeing at work means that work is safe, healthy, and pleasant.
Equality in working life »
The Act on Equality Between Men and Women prohibits discrimination based on gender and requires the promotion of gender equality. The law also applies to sexual minorities.
Young people and work »
Under-18-year-olds are subject to stricter regulations concerning working age restrictions and terms of employment.
Family life and work »
Balancing work and family life improves wellbeing both at home and in the workplace. Finnish social security is being developed so that it is better able to support people in different configurations of employment, study and recreation.
Older workers »
The working career of older workers can be prolonged by maintaining work ability, having flexible working hours and by altering working tasks if their work ability becomes impaired.