Our task

We have the mandate from the government and the Riksdag to see that the work environment fulfils the demand in the Work Environment Act that everyone should have a good and developing work environment. We produce legally binding provisions, inspect workplaces and disseminate information about work environment regulations.

The government gives overarching instructions in its ordinance

Ordinance 2007:913 (changed through 2010:166), with instructions for The Swedish Work Environment Authority, is the government’s directions to us about tasks, advice and guidance. An ordinance is provisions decided by the government without the assistance of the Riksdag. Our ordinance contains the assignments that the government has decided we should follow.

The ordinance with instruction for the Swedish Work Environment Authority (in Swedish) on the Riksdag website, opens in new window.

Our letter of appropriation

The letter of appropriation contains the government decisions about demands for goals and results for the Swedish Work Environment Authority’s current budget year, and how much appropriation we may use. In the letter of appropriation are special assignments that we should present at certain times during the year. The government can also give us special tasks at any time during the year.

We report to the government every year about our activities. The largest part of the report is made in the annual report after the end of the year.

The Swedish Work Environment Authority's  letter of appropriation for 2015 (PDF) (in Swedish)


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Last updated 2015-08-20