A shared workplace – shared hazards
This issue of Telma focuses on the occupational safety challenges of shared workplaces. What kinds of safety solutions have been found by enterprises that operate on the same premises or the same worksite? The situation is challenging at least to Finns who tend to concentrate on their own doings and ignore their neighbours. Safety is nevertheless something that must be taken care of together. This applies also to workplaces where the enterprises don’t necessarily have any collaboration on the business level. These are for example office hotels.
Lawmakers are often criticized for not keeping up with the changes in work life. Articles 49 and 54 of the Occupational Safety Act nevertheless demonstrate that Parliament was ahead of the times when it stipulated easy-to-understand clear regulations that stated how to ensure safety at shared workplaces. These statutes still aren’t followed everywhere as they should. To remedy the situation, the employees of different firms should be encouraged to get to know each other. Safety improves when the people working on the same premises know each other. This makes it easier for everyone to understand that safety is a joint effort.
The problems of shared workplaces have been investigated mostly at construction sites and large industrial enterprises. In a way this is logical, but we must remember that many small businesses operate in inter-connected environments, and are therefore within the scope of shared workplaces, as designated in the Occupational Safety Act.
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