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Occupational health care

According to Finnish law, an employer must offer all its employees occupational health care. The purpose of occupational health care is to prevent work-related illnesses and accidents, promote the safety of the work environment and maintain the health of workers throughout their working lives.

Everybody has a right to occupational health care

In addition to preventive health care, an employer may also arrange for medical services for their employees. In occupational health care, it is possible to receive the services of a nurse, occupational doctor and occupational psychologist. Often there are also physiotherapists. Occupational health care does not usually include the services of specialists. The employer must tell you which services and what kind of support you can get from occupational health care.

The right to occupational health care does not extend to the employee’s family.

The target of occupational health care is to promote health, working capacity and teamwork at workplaces.

Occupational health care staff are bound to professional secrecy. They will not share your information with your employer unless you specifically give them permission to do so. Occupational health care can, however, give your employer an evaluation on whether or not your health allows you to continue to work.

Kela compensates a part of the expenses of occupational health care to the employer and entrepreneur if they are necessary and reasonable.

linkkiOccupational Safety and Health Administration:
Information about occupational health careFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Institute of Occupational Health:
Information about occupational health careFinnish | Swedish

linkkiMinistry of Social Affairs and Health:
Occupational health careFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinlex:
Occupational Health Care ActFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiThe Social Insurance Institution of Finland, Kela:
Sickness allowanceFinnish | Swedish | English