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The Occupational Safety and Health Act defines the obligations of those working at the workplace, regardless of the line of business. When purchasing services, i.e. subcontracting work, temporary agency work or working in a shared setting where mutual hazards are present, it is important to clarify the responsibilities related to occupational safety and health between the parties. Employers and independent contractors are obligated to cooperate in order to ensure safety.

When companies ordering or providing services operate in an international environment, they should be aware that they must follow the legislation of the country in which they are operating.

Common workplace

Workplace of mutual hazards

Temporary agency work

Key legislation

Occupational Safety and Health Act, Chapter 6, Sections 49–55
The basic principles of common workplaces, the division of responsibilities and the obligation to provide information at the workplace.
The provisions apply to all workplaces, regardless of the line of business.

Act on Occupational Safety and Health Enforcement and Cooperation on Occupational Safety and Health at Workplaces, Chapter 5a, Sections 43a–43h
Provisions on cooperation at common workplaces, joint occupational safety managers and an occupational safety and health representative’s right to access a construction site when employed by an external employer.

Employment Contracts Act, Chapter 1, Section 7
Stipulates the following: “If, with the employee’s consent, the employer assigns an employee for use by another employer (user enterprise), the right to direct and supervise the work is transferred to the user enterprise together with the obligations stipulated for the employer directly related to the performance of the work and its arrangement. The user enterprise must provide the employee’s employer with any and all information necessary for the fulfilment of the employer’s responsibilities.”

Act on the Contractor’s Obligations and Liability
Promotes compliance with the terms and conditions of employment and creates the conditions in which companies can ensure that companies concluding contracts with them on temporary agency work or subcontracted labour fulfil their statutory obligations as contracting parties and employers.