Workplace harassment and inappropriate treatment

Harassment and inappropriate treatment in the workplace are contrary to the norms of good behavior towards others. They encompass criticizing and complicating others' work performance, social isolation, and sexual harassment and jibes. In everyday language, we call this workplace bullying.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act prohibits inappropriate treatment and harassment at work. It imposes obligations on employers and employees. According to the act, if harassment or other inappropriate treatment of an employee occurs at work and causes hazards or risks to the employee's health, the employer must take measures to remedy this situation.

Preventive action

Harassment and inappropriate treatment cases must be dealt with primarily in the workplace.

In this the key factors are that there is uninhibited interaction at the workplace and professional management. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Act, employers and employees must work together to maintain and improve occupational safety in the workplace.

If a workplace's own capacity is insufficient, OSH professionals can provide the necessary support.

OSH inspectors monitor compliance with rules

OSH inspectors help oversee compliance with rules concerning harassment and other forms of inappropriate behavior. They draw up reports on their workplace audits. On the basis of these inspectors draw up instructions for monitoring harassment or inappropriate behavior, the tasks of OSH inspectors, the signs of problems and the kinds of commitments the employer can make, as well as how such commitments will be monitored.