In Finland, 'Yhteistoimintalaki' (YT) is a law that requires all workplaces with at least 20 employees to cooperate on matters dealing with personnel development, safety and health, making plans for future changes, etc. This means that the employer and employees (or their representatives) together negotiate on matters affecting the enterprise and its personnel.
18.9.2013 Scaling work individually
With the help of ergonomics, work is scaled to suit the person doing it. Good ergonomics is a source of good business: it increases productivity, reduces sickness absences and helps people to cope at work. However, at many workplaces, not enough attention is paid to ergonomics. Work life changes constantly, so ergonomics is a field that will never be completed.
The 'Mother and child home and shelter' at Tampere is a safe house called 'Sukupolvien talo' (=house for many generations). Its occupants are parents and children that have experienced violence and abuse, as well as young mothers with babies who need support in coping with basics. Also some elderly people stay at the shelter. When the staff open the door, surveillance cameras monitor the visitors.
22.5.2013 The health care market
The purpose of occupational health services is to promote the health of employees and to prevent work-related illnesses. This aim has been realized at Atria's food-processing plant: the employees can visit their own new occupational health service station, where they get preventive care, treatment for illnesses, and rehabilitation. The occupational health services of many other workplaces focus increasingly on basic medical care, but the writing of sick leave prescriptions takes up the doctor's time, and burdens the limited resources.
27.2.2013 Waiting for fresh air
Poor indoor air has plagued the health care centre of Alajärvi for years. Now the problem has been tackled seriously. The up-coming restoration faces an additional challenge because a part of the buildings has been designed by the famous architect, Alvar Aalto.
27.2.2013 Poor indoor air
Indoor air and mould are widely discussed problems today. At work, people breathe in dust, gases and particles, some of which are OK, others not. Indoor air problems need to be solved rationally, with patience, and using the right methods. At the Tikkurila paint factory, the fumes are under control.