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Sweden: Health and safety

Original and updating author: Laura Carlson


  • Legislation provides that working environments must be "satisfactory" with regard to the nature of the work and to "social and technical progress in the community". (See General)
  • Employers and employees have various duties regarding health and safety. (See Duties on employers and employees)
  • One or more employees must be appointed as safety delegates at all workplaces where five or more employees are regularly employed. (See Safety representatives)
  • The Work Environment Authority is responsible for supervising employers' compliance with legislation and other regulations on health and safety and the working environment and can impose civil penalties for breaches of the regulations. (See Enforcement and penalties)
  • Employers are obliged to make contributions in respect of their employees to the insurance scheme for occupational injuries and illnesses, which forms part of the general public social insurance system. (See Compensation for occupational injury or illness)