The Icelandic approach to the European cooperation in the field of health and safety at work.

The Icelandic Act on Working Environment, Health and Safety in Workplaces No. 46/1980 is intended to ensure a safe and healthy working environment which in general is in accordance with the social and technical developments in society, and to ensure such conditions that within the workplaces it is possible to solve safety and health problems in accordance with acts and regulations, in accordance with guidelines from employers and employees and in accordance with guidelines and instructions from the Administration of Occupational Safety and Health.

This Act covers all activities, where one or more persons are employed, whether they are owners of the enterprise or employees. Employers are obliged to ensure that the working environment, safety and prevention of hazards are appropriate and satisfactory.

Focal points' contact details

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    Dvergshöfði 2
    Contact person: Guðrún Birna JÖRGENSEN
    E-mail address:
    gudrun.jorgensen [at]