In Switzerland there are two main laws governing OSH. The Labour Law covers work hours, health protection, workplace building standards and the protection of personal integrity. The Accident Insurance Law covers the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases which are caused almost entirely by work. The cantonal labour inspectorates, SUVA (main accident insurance authority) and the State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO) enforce the laws. A coordination commission (EKAS) oversees and finances the inspection system for accident prevention.

The social partners are represented on the EKAS and in the Federal Labour Commission, which develops the general health protection laws.

OSH services must be consulted by companies with higher accident risks and more than 10 employees.

Focal points' contact details

  • State Secretariat for economic affairs SECO
    Holzikofenweg 36
    Contact person: Vesna SORMAZ
    E-mail address:
    vesna.sormaz [at] seco.admin.ch