The National entity responsible for Occupational Health and Safety in Malta is the Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA) established by the OHSA Act XXVII of 2000. The OHSA is made up by Board Members nominated by the Minister in consultation the Tripartite Members which are mainly represented by employers, employees and unions. In addition, it includes an executive body where the functions of such executive are as follows:

  • apply the provisions of Act XXVII of 2000 and of any regulations or orders made thereunder;
  • establish strategies in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, by which the general national policy relating to occupational health and safety may be implemented,
  • advise the Minister responsible for occupational health and safety regarding the making of regulations to promote, maintain and protect a high level of occupational health and safety,
  • monitor compliance with relevant occupational health and safety legislation and to take enforcement action,
  • prepare regulations or Codes of Practice required to promote, maintain and protect a high level of occupational health and safety,
  • promote the dissemination of information regarding occupational health and safety, and the methods required to prevent occupational injury, ill health or death,
  • promote education and training on occupational health and safety, and emergency and first aid response at work places, (h) collate and analyse data and statistics on occupational injuries, ill health and deaths, and on matters ancillary to occupational health and safety,
  • keep registers of such plant, installations, equipment, machinery, articles, substances, or chemicals and intended for use at work which in the opinion of the Authority provide a serious occupational health and safety risk,
  • carry out any investigation on any matter concerning occupational health and safety, as well as investigations to ascertain the level of occupational health and safety provided at any work place,
  • promote and carry out scientific research aimed at better methods of preventing occupational ill health, injury, or death;
  • keep registers of persons competent to give advice on matters related to occupational health and safety.

Focal points' contact details

  • Occupational Health and Safety Authority
    17 Edgar Ferro Street
    PTA 1533
    Contact person: Melhino MERCIECA
    E-mail address:
    melhino.mercieca [at]