The most important rules for the working environment are stipulated in the working environment act. The basic principle is that the employer and the worker should co-operate in order to create a good working environment. As an employee, manager or employer each and everyone is affected and responsible for how the working environment act is applied at a working site, and it is then important that everyone knows who is responsible for what.
The employer bears the main responsibility for the working environment, and should carry out the measures required to prevent accident and illness.
The work manager is the representative of the employer and has a great safety responsibility. The range of this responsibility depends on the representative’s powers, competence and independence.
The worker has the obligation of following the stipulated regulations and should use available protective equipment. The worker has the right to discontinue the work if it entails sudden or serious danger.