FIOH to be in charge of co-ordinating European occupational safety and health network in Finland

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Media release by Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and Ministry of Social Affairs and Health,  14.1.2020

As of 1.1.2020, Finland’s Focal Point co-ordination centre of EU-OSHA, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, is to be managed by FIOH (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health). The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health was previously responsible for the centre.

The co-ordination centre supports EU-OSHA’s activities and promotes occupational health, occupational safety and productivity in Europe through, for example, Healthy Work campaigns and various competitions.

Examples of campaign themes have been stress, noise and, most recently, chemical factors, during the different stages of work life.

The tasks of the co-ordination centre include implementing other EU-OSHA assignments. These tasks involve data collection and the communication of information between Finland and the Agency on the status of occupational safety and health and on good practices.

Tripartite steering group as cornerstone of activities

The cornerstone of the activities of the Agency, located in Bilbao, Spain and the co-ordination centres of different countries is its tripartite structure. The Finnish co-ordination centre’s steering group consists of representatives of employers, employee organizations and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. FIOH leads the steering group.

 “FIOH accepts the tasks of the co-ordination group with pleasure. They enable us use our expertise to even better support Finnish workplaces, at the same time increasing our influence and visibility on the European level,” says Antti Koivula, Director General of FIOH.

The Ministry for Social Affairs and Health will continue to handle Finland’s strategic stance on occupational safety- and health-related matters and co-operation in the EU-OSHA’s management board. The management board defines the Agency’s strategy and goals.

Taina Pääkkönen, Head of Development at FIOH, will be responsible for the activities of the co-ordination centre and will report to Kirsi Ahola, Director.

For further information, please contact:

Kirsi Ahola, Director, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, tel. 040 561 5692, kirsi.ahola[at]
Taina Pääkkönen, Head of Development, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, tel. 046 850 5075, taina.paakkonen[at]
Liisa Hakala, Director, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health , tel. 029 5163566, liisa.hakala[at]

The Web

You can currently find the most information on the 2020–2022 campaign on EU-OSHA’s Future Campaigns pages.

The 2018–2019  Terveellinen työ -kampanjasivusto pages will be removed during the spring of 2020. The campaign’s Finnish pages will be transferred to the website of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health ( during the spring. 

EU-OSHA Future campaigns

Healthy work campaign (in Finnish, to be removed)

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)

Media Services

Kristiina Kulha, Communications Specialist
FIOH, Helsinki
Tel. 358 30 474 2551,  358 40 548 6914, 

Tiina Kaksonen, Communications specialist 
FIOH, Oulu
Tel. 358 30 474 3015, 358 50 364 3158

The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) researches, develops and specializes in well-being at work. It promotes occupational health and safety and the well-being of workers. It is an independent institution under public law, working under the administrative sector of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. It has five regional offices, and its headquarters are in Helsinki. The number of personnel is about 500.