The Swedish Work Environment Authority

The Swedish Work Environment Authority is an authority that has the mandate from the government and the Riksdag to see that laws about work environment and working hours are followed by companies and organisations.

The Swedish Work Environment Authority

About The Swedish Work Environment Authority

All employees in Sweden have the right to a good work environment, according to the Work Environment Act. No one should need to injure oneself or become sick because of their job. Our goal is to reduce the risks of ill health and accidents in working life, and to improve the work environment from a holistic perspective.

About The Swedish Work Environment Authority on The Swedish Work Environment Authority´s website

Foreign workforce in Sweden

Swedish work environment regulations apply to everyone who are working in Sweden, regardless of if you are here for temporary work or have your employer in another country.

Foreign workforce in Sweden on The Swedish Work Environment Authority´s website

Responsibility during building and civil engineering work

When you work at a construction site, it almost always means that there are several different companies working side by side. The work often needs to be coordinated so that
one does not create risks for each other. There are therefore special regulations for construction sites where more than one employer can have work environment responsibility.

Responsibility during building and civil engineering work on The Swedish Work Environment Authority´s website

Prior notification of construction site

The developer should, except for smaller jobs, send a prior notification to the Swedish Work Environment Authority before work begins.

Prior notification of construction site on The Swedish Work Environment Authority´s website

Posting - foreign labour in Sweden

A posted employee is a person who has been sent by her/his employer to another country to work for a limited period of time. If the person has been sent to Sweden, he/she is covered by certain provisions in Swedish laws and collective agreements during the period of employment.

Posting foreign labour in Sweden on The Swedish Work Environment Authority´s website

Work environment plan for building and civil engineering work

A work environment plan for the whole project should be drawn up before the construction site is established. It is the building work environment coordinator for planning and projection that should make sure this is done.

Work environment plan for building and civil engineering work on The Swedish Work Environment Authority´s website

Work environment plan and its risks

Here you will find information about the risks that must be described in the work environment plan.

Work environment plan and its risks on The Swedish Work Environment Authority´s website

Acts and regulations about work environment

In the Swedish Work Environment Act there are general demands which apply regarding the environment at work. Another important act, the Working Hours Act, describes how much you may work per day and to which extent you have the right to breaks and recesses at work.

Acts and regulations about work environment on The Swedish Work Environment Authority´s website

Building and civil engineering work

Accidents and occupational illnesses are twice as common among construction workers as among other employees. Falls from height, different types of musculoskeletal injuries and accidents when using different types of machines are some of the causes.

Building and civil engineering work on The Swedish Work Environment Authority´s website

Preventing risks at construction sites

Preventive work at construction sites is done via every employer's systematic work environment management and through the joint safety planning in the work environment plan.

Preventing risks at construction sites on The Swedish Work Environment Authority´s website

Scaffolding

On these pages you will find basic information about what scaffolding is, the risks there are with it, and how these risks can be prevented.

Scaffolding on The Swedish Work Environment Authority´s website

Vehicles

Every year almost 800 people are injured so badly that they are away from work because of work with forklift trucks. How warm or cold it is in other types of vehicles than trucks
also entails risks that can lead to occupational injuries.

Vehicles on The Swedish Work Environment Authority´s website

Physical risks during building and civil engineering work

Here you will find information about different physical risks during building and civil engineering work, which should also be risk-assessed. These risks do not have to be described in the work environment plan, but there is nothing preventing them from being included.

Physical risks during building and civil engineering on The Swedish Work Environment Authority´s website

Psychosocial work environment risks during building and civil engineering work

Work at a construction site means that there can be different psychosocial risks. These can be stress, working alone, language difficulties, mental or cognitive disabilities, or that the person carrying out the work is young.

Psychosocial work environment risks during building and civil engineering work on the Swedish Work Environment Authority’s website
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