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  1. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision (No. 1232 of 2000) of the Ministry of Social and Health Care to amend the Decision of the Ministry of Labour on carcinogenic substances (No. 838 of 1993).

    Adoption: 2000-12-18 | Date of entry into force: 2001-01-01 | FIN-2000-M-58582

    Amends s. 1 (duties for employers to notify workers exposed to working methods and substances listed in annex) and contains an annex listing carcinogenic substances.

  2. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Ordinance (No. 716 of 2000) of the Council of State to avert cancer risk in relation to work.

    Adoption: 2000-08-03 | Date of entry into force: 2000-09-01 | FIN-2000-R-58308

    Contains 21 sections covering, inter alia, scope of application (work with carcinogenic substances, with substances susceptible to cause genetic damages), definitions, list of carcinogenic substances, evaluation of risks, reduced use and substitution of substances, hindrance and reduction of exposure, means to avert cancer risk, information to industrial protection authorities, expected and unexpected exposure, access to risk areas, protective equipment, training and instructions, information, control of exposure, and health examination. Contains one annex on exposure limits at work. Repeals Decisions of Council of State (No. 355 of 1982) respecting benzene exposure at work, and (No. 1182 of 1992) to avert cancer risk in relation to work.

  3. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Decision No. 1153 of 1999 by the Council of State concerning in-air tobacco smoke and combating the associated risks of cancer at work.

    Adoption: 1999-12-08 | Date of entry into force: 2000-07-01 | FIN-1999-R-74949

    Provides rules respecting measures to be taken by employers, including assessment of risks and exposure and measures to take to reduce risks.

  4. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision of the Council of State (No. 922 of 1999) to avert the risks of large scale accidents for workers.

    Adoption: 1999-09-23 | Date of entry into force: 2000-01-01 | FIN-1999-M-55125

    Contains ten sections covering, inter alia, scope of application, employers' obligations, cooperation between employers and workers, access to documents, workers' obligations, cooperation between the employers, training and instructions, exercises and miscellaneous provisions. Repeals Decision No. 1705 of 1991 on the same subject.

  5. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Ordinance (No. 905 of 1999) to amend the Ordinance (No. 954 of 1973) respecting the supervision of labour protection. - http://www.finlex.fi

    Adoption: 1999-09-16 | FIN-1999-R-63004

    Amends section 36a.

  6. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Decision No. 793 of 1999 by the Council of State concerning the use of cranes and forklift trucks for lifting persons.

    Adoption: 1999-07-08 | Date of entry into force: 1999-09-01 | FIN-1999-R-74948

    Provides detailed rules applicable to the use of cranes and forklift trucks.

  7. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Decision of the Council of State (No. 728 of 1999) respecting health and safety requirements at the workplace.

    Adoption: 1999-06-10 | Date of entry into force: 1999-09-01 | FIN-1999-R-55126

    Contains five sections covering, inter alia, applicability in connection with the Protection of Labour Act (No. 299 of 1958), employers' obligations, cooperation between employers and workers and miscellaneous provisions.

  8. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Law, Act

    Act (No. 1142 of 1998) to amend the Act to protect against radiation (No. 592 of 1991).

    Adoption: 1998-12-23 | Date of entry into force: 1999-01-01 | FIN-1998-L-52183

    Amends ss. 12 (definition of work involving radiation), Chapters 9 (rules governing work involving radiation, including protection of worker, medical examination, workers' rights, workers' training, and age limit) and 10 (medical use of radiation). Adds sub. 3 (limits to use) to s. 27, and subs. 2 (radiation in air and water) to s. 48.

  9. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Ordinance (No. 1143 of 1998) to amend the Ordinance to protect against radiation (No. 1512 of 1991).

    Adoption: 1998-12-23 | Date of entry into force: 1999-01-01 | FIN-1998-R-52184

    Amends Chapters 2 (maximum values for radiation exposure) and 3 (control of radiation exposure and of health). Repeals s. 17(2), and adds subs. 4 (definitions) to s. 2, ss. 28a (protection of aircraft personnel) and 31a (customs declaration).

  10. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Decision (No. 156 of 1998) of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health respecting the use of scaffolds and fall protection systems in construction work.

    Adoption: 1998-02-27 | Date of entry into force: 1998-04-01 | FIN-1998-R-49757

    Contains 38 sections covering, inter alia, scope of application, scaffolds (construction, use, technicalities), and fall protection systems.

  11. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision (No. 164 of 1998) of the Social and Health Care Ministry respecting a list of dangerous substances.

    Adoption: 1998-02-24 | Date of entry into force: 1998-03-10 | FIN-1998-M-49758

    Contains two sections (description of annexes and entry into force) and five annexes comprising a comprehensive list over dangerous substances.

  12. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Law, Act

    Act (No. 12 of 1997) to amend Act (No. 744 of 1989) respecting chemicals.

    Adoption: 1997-03-12 | Date of entry into force: 1997-04-01 | FIN-1997-L-47455

    Amends ss. 8(2) (obligation to supervise classification and marking of chemicals), 11(4) (list of most dangerous chemicals set up by the of Ministry Social Affairs and Occupation Safety and Health), 19 (3) (information obligations of respective ministries), and 48a (2-3) (information on obligations incumbent on producers, on importers or on distributors).

  13. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Law, Act

    Act (No. 57 of 1997) to amend the Act (No. 144 of 1993) respecting the protection of labour.

    Adoption: 1997-01-17 | Date of entry into force: 1997-02-01 | FIN-1997-L-47449

    Adds a subsection to s. 3 (definition of employer).

  14. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision of the Council of State (No. 121 of 1996) to amend the decision of the Council of State (No. 410 of 1986) respecting rules of procedure for the conduct of work involving explosives and quarrying.

    Adoption: 1996-02-22 | Date of entry into force: 1996-03-01 | FIN-1996-M-46232

    Amends several paragraphs.

  15. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Ordinance (No. 1656 of 1995) to bring into force the Convention concerning health protection and medical care for seafarers.

    Adoption: 1995-12-18 | Date of entry into force: 1996-01-17 | FIN-1995-R-43692

    Enters into force 1996-01-17.

  16. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision of the Ministry of Social and Health Care respecting occupational health care to be provided by employers as well as occupational health care for entrepreneurs and other self-employed persons (No. 1348 of 1994).

    Adoption: 1995-12-12 | Date of entry into force: 1995-01-01 | FIN-1995-M-43591

    Details the required organization and scope of occupational health care prescribed, inter alia, in Decision (No. 950 of 1994) by the Council of State.

  17. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision (No. 1187 of 1995) of the Minister of Commerce and Industry to amend the Decision (No. 921 of 1975) to lay down safety rules for mines.

    Adoption: 1995-10-24 | Date of entry into force: 1995-11-01 | FIN-1995-M-43644

    Numerous amendments.

  18. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision (No. 1188 of 1995) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to amend the Decision (No. 372 of 1969) respecting elevators in mines.

    Adoption: 1995-10-24 | Date of entry into force: 1995-10-24 | FIN-1995-M-43645

    Repeals and amends several sections.

  19. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision (No. 814 of 1995) of the Council of State to amend the Decision (No. 1407 of 1993) respecting the choice and use of personal protective equipment at work.

    Adoption: 1995-05-18 | Date of entry into force: 1995-06-01 | FIN-1995-M-43638

    Repeals section 16(2), amends section 13(2) and inserts new sections 16a-d (required competence of supervisory personnel)

  20. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision (No. 815 of 1995) respecting the use, in hazardous conditions, of tractors conforming to EU standards.

    Adoption: 1995-05-18 | Date of entry into force: 1997-07-01 | FIN-1995-M-43639

    Imposes obligations on employers to ensure that health hazards are minimized for persons using certain tractors in cold weather and under other hazardous conditions.

  21. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision of the Council of State respecting safety provisions for machinery (No. 1314 of 1994).

    Adoption: 1994-12-21 | Date of entry into force: 1995-01-01 | FIN-1994-M-43590

    Provides for rules for producers to comply with European safety standards evidenced by the required EC-mark on machinery produced. Implements Community Directive (89/392/EG) on the same subject. Repeals Decision (No. 1410 of 1993) of the Council of State on the same subject.

  22. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision (No. 1380 of 1994) of the Council of State respecting work with asbestos.

    Adoption: 1994-12-21 | Date of entry into force: 1995-04-01 | FIN-1994-M-43592

    Details how work with materials containing asbestos is to be organized in order to minimize occupational health hazards. Imposes general and common as well as individual and particular obligations on all parties involved in directing and executing work with materials containing asbestos. Establishes maximum levels of asbestos at working sites to be measured regularly. Includes requirements regarding safety training.

  23. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision (No. 1214 of 1994) of the Council of State respecting a committee for the protection of workers against chemical substances.

    Adoption: 1994-12-15 | Date of entry into force: 1995-01-01 | FIN-1994-M-43587

  24. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Ordinance respecting paid leave for persons working with radiation in hospitals and at Health Care Centres (No. 1045 of 1994)

    Adoption: 1994-11-28 | Date of entry into force: 1994-12-01 | Date of end of application: 1995-11-30 | FIN-1994-R-40034

  25. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision of the Ministry of Environment on the procedure for advance approval and reporting of protective chemicals (No. 256 of 1994)

    Adoption: 1994-04-05 | Date of entry into force: 1994-05-01 | FIN-1994-M-36819

  26. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Ordinance respecting the supervision of non-ionizing radiation (No. 1306 of 1993)

    Adoption: 1993-12-22 | Date of entry into force: 1994-01-01 | FIN-1993-R-36452

    Provides, inter alia, that provisions for the supervision by labour protection and health authorities are to be prescribed separately. Made under the Radiation Protection Act (No. 592 of 1991).

  27. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision of the Council of State respecting the safe use of protective equipment (No. 1403 of 1993)

    Adoption: 1993-12-22 | Date of entry into force: 1994-01-01 | FIN-1993-M-36454

    Provides for, inter alia, the safe use of protective equipment and for the use of cranes and lifting equipment. Made under the Act respecting protection at work (No. 299 of 1958).

  28. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision of the Council of State respecting the protection of workers against the risks and disabilities caused by exposure to noise at work (No. 1404 of 1993)

    Adoption: 1993-12-22 | Date of entry into force: 1994-01-01 | FIN-1993-M-36455

    Rules in respect of, inter alia, control of noise at work, training and information, personal protective equipment and medical examination. Made under the Act respecting labour protection at work (No. 299 of 1958).

  29. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision of the Council of State respecting work at computer screens (No. 1405 of 1993)

    Adoption: 1993-12-22 | Date of entry into force: 1994-01-01 | FIN-1993-M-36456

    Rules in respect to, inter alia, working conditions, training and information, medical examination and uses of equipment. Made under the Act respecting labour protection at work (No. 299 of 1958).

  30. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision of the Council of State respecting personal protective equipment (No. 1406 of 1993)

    Adoption: 1993-12-22 | Date of entry into force: 1994-01-01 | FIN-1993-M-36457

  31. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision of the Council of State respecting the choice and use of personal protective equipment at work (No. 1407 of 1993)

    Adoption: 1993-12-22 | Date of entry into force: 1994-01-01 | FIN-1993-M-36458

    Provides for rules in respect to acquisition and use of protective equipment and training and information. Made under the Act respecting labour protection at work (No. 299 of 1958).

  32. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision of the Council of State respecting manual loads and lifting at work (No. 1409 of 1993)

    Adoption: 1993-12-22 | Date of entry into force: 1994-01-01 | FIN-1993-M-36460

    Provides, inter alia, that the employer is obliged to offer workers with the means (machines, etc.) needed to avoid manual loads. The employer shall also provide workers with training and information on the risks if loads are not carried in the right manner. Made under the Act respecting labour protection (No. 299 of 1958).

  33. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision of the Council of State on working with lead (No. 1154 of 1993)

    Adoption: 1993-12-09 | Date of entry into force: 1994-01-01 | FIN-1993-M-35661

    Provides that the employer shall take such measures deemed necessary to prevent the exposure to lead. The employer shall provide workers with personal protective equipment. The worker is obliged to use the protective equipment and to follow safety instructions.

  34. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision of the Council of State respecting protection of workers exposed to biological agents at work (No. 1155 of 1993)

    Adoption: 1993-12-09 | Date of entry into force: 1994-01-01 | FIN-1993-M-35662

    Rules in respect of personal protective equipment, information and training of workers and listing of workers exposed to agents. Made under the Act respecting protection at work (No. 299 of 1958).

  35. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Ordinance respecting the State delegation for occupational health and labour protection (No. 873 of 1993)

    Adoption: 1993-10-15 | Date of entry into force: 1993-11-01 | FIN-1993-R-36831

    Provides for the establishment of the State delegation for occupational health and labour protection; the delegation shall deal with matters of promotion of occupational health, the quality of working environment and labour protection of employees in the public sector.

  36. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision of the Ministry of Labour respecting substances found dangerous in the air at workplaces (No. 860 of 1993)

    Adoption: 1993-10-06 | Date of entry into force: 1993-11-01 | FIN-1993-M-36830

    Confirms the list of chemicals agents that have been found harmful in the air.

  37. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision of the Ministry of Labour on carcinogenic agents (No. 838 of 1993)

    Adoption: 1993-09-30 | Date of entry into force: 1993-10-01 | FIN-1993-M-37168

    Provides for a list of substances considered as carcinogenic.

  38. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision of the Council of State amending the decision of the Council of State respecting the protection of workers against risks in connection with exposure to chemical agents (No. 727 of 1993).

    Adoption: 1993-07-29 | Date of entry into force: 1993-08-01 | FIN-1993-M-35369

    Provides for rules in respect of obligations of the employer, information on protection, list of chemicals in use at the workplace and training.

  39. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Ordinance (675/1993) respecting chemicals. (Kemikaaliasetus) - Acts on-line in Finnish and Swedish Unofficial English translation

    Adoption: 1993-07-07 | Date of entry into force: 1993-08-01 | FIN-1993-R-74960

  40. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Law, Act

    Act on Occupational Safety and Health Management (16/1993). (Laki työsuojeluhallinnosta) - Acts on-line in Finnish and Swedish

    Adoption: 1993-01-08 | Date of entry into force: 1993-03-01 | FIN-1993-L-37181

    The Labour Protection Administration shall handle the regional supervision and inspection of labour protection; the functions of the Labour Protection Administration include, inter alia, promotion of safety at work, supervision (through inspections) of adherance to labour protection standards, guidance and cooperation with employers' and employees' organizations in respect of labour protection. Repeals Act (No. 574 of 1972) respecting the administration of workers' protection.

  41. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision of the Council of State on vinyl-chloride work. (No. 919 of 1992)

    Adoption: 1992-10-08 | Date of entry into force: 1993-01-01 | FIN-1992-M-34510

    The purpose of the decision is to protect workers employed at workplaces where vinylchloride is manufactured, recycled, disposed or transported or who are otherwise exposed to vinylchloride at work.

  42. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision of the Council of State respecting protection of workers in connection with exposure to chemical agents. (No. 920 of 1992)

    Adoption: 1992-10-08 | Date of entry into force: 1993-01-01 | FIN-1992-M-34511

    The decision is applicable to work where workers are exposed or may be exposed to chemical agents that affect health and safety.

  43. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision of the Workers' Protection Board to amend the decision (No. 231 of 1990) respecting methods and equipment in asbestos work. (No. 176 of 1992)

    Adoption: 1992-02-10 | Date of entry into force: 1992-03-01 | FIN-1992-M-31643

  44. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Decision (9:89) of the Labour Protection Board respecting preparation for asbestos work on board ships.

    Adoption: 1989-10-05 | Date of entry into force: 1990-01-01 | FIN-1989-M-30953

    Regulates under the Decision (886:87) of the Council of State respecting work carried out with asbestos on board ships (training, planning, authorisation, safety equipment, etc.).

  45. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Law, Act

    Act (1800:89) to amend the Radiation Safety Act (174:57).

    Adoption: 1989-09-08 | Date of entry into force: 1990-01-01 | FIN-1989-L-30958

    Amends section 13 (crimes against the Act).

  46. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Law, Act

    Act (744/1989) on Chemicals. (Kemikaalilaki) - Unofficial English Translation Acts on-line in Finnish and Swedish

    Adoption: 1989-07-14 | Date of entry into force: 1993-01-01 | FIN-1989-L-74959

    Provides rules respecting measures to be taken to prevent chemical damages to health and environment.

  47. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Decision No. 205 of 1989 by the National Board of Occupational Safety and Health on medical health examinations for work involving asbestos.

    Adoption: 1989-01-12 | Date of entry into force: 1989-04-01 | FIN-1989-R-74946

    Provides complementary rules for medical examinations of workers involved with asbestos under Decision (No. 886 of 1987) of the Council of State respecting work carried out with asbestos.

  48. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Law, Act

    Act (No. 1343 of 1988) respecting occupational diseases (consolidation). - http://www.lovdata.no/info/ueng.html

    Adoption: 1988-12-29 | Date of entry into force: 1989-01-01 | FIN-1988-L-52941

    Contains six sections covering, inter alia, definition of occupational disease, applicability of other acts to issues related to indemnity, duration of the disease and miscellaneous provisions. Repeals Act No. 638 of 1967 on the same subject. Unoffficial translation available in English.

  49. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Ordinance (1120:88) to amend Ordinance (328:57) respecting radiation safety.

    Adoption: 1988-12-23 | Date of entry into force: 1988-12-28 | FIN-1988-R-30969

    Amends section 5(1) (supervisor and keeper).

  50. Finland - Occupational safety and health - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Ordinance (991/88) to amend Ordinance (1/67) respecting annual leave for persons employed in dangerous radiation work at hospitals.

    Adoption: 1988-11-25 | Date of entry into force: 1988-12-01 | FIN-1988-R-30976

    Amends section 4(2) (granting of leave).

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