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HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT

FINLAND
TYÖTURVALLISUUSLAKI [LAG OM SKYDD I ARBETE]
HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT

General statute aimed at ensuring the health and safety of employees at work which serves as the basis for the issuance of specific and more detailed health and safety enforcement provisions. The first Act, which dated from 1958 and was the subject of subsequent amendments, has recently been replaced by a new Act adopted in 2002. It applies comprehensively to all employers, employees and public servants plus apprentices, people in institutional care and manufacturers or suppliers of machinery, equipment and materials. It contains provisions on, inter alia, planning and design of the work environment, hygiene, personal protective clothing, machinery and equipment and numerous associated matters. It also establishes the individual employee's right to withhold the work performance and the employer's obligations with regard to health and safety. See health and safety at work.)



Please note: the European industrial relations glossaries were compiled between 1991 and 2003 and are not updated. For current material see the European industrial relations dictionary.

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