Your work environment

The Work Environment Act and all its directives are valid for everyone who is posted as a worker in Sweden.
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When you are posted, the Swedish Work Environment Act and all provisions apply to you. The Work Environment Act contains regulations on the duties of employers and other safety representatives so that workers are not affected by ill health or accidents at work.

 Another important part of the law is to achieve a good work environment. The work environment is all that is in your work, ranging from machines and equipment meeting the safety requirements, to the level of stress not being too high. It may also be that the lighting in a workplace is good enough or that the noise level is acceptable.

 At each workplace with at least five employees, there must be at least one safety representative. The safety representative represents the employees in the work environment management and ensures that the work environment is good. The employer has the ultimate responsibility for the work environment, but the Work Environment Act states that the organised work environment management must be conducted with employees and their representatives. If you experience shortcomings in the work environment, you can contact the safety representative at your workplace.

The Swedish Work Environment Authority wants to see good work environment for all

The Swedish Work Environment Authority works for the right to healthy, safe and developing working conditions. We strive for active work environment management in every workplace, where everyone wants to and can contribute. Our vision is that everyone wants to and can create a good work environment.

The Swedish Work Environment Authority also scrutinises that employers follow the Work Environment Act and the provisions thereof. We do this by visiting and inspecting workplaces.

You can contact us

Contact us if you feel that your employer is violating the provisions of the Work Environment Act.

Here you can read more about the Work Environment Act

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Last updated 2018-06-25