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Switzerland

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
3003 Bern
Switzerland
Contact person:
Eduard BRUNNER
Tel: +41 58 463 89 68
E-mail address: eduard [dot] brunner [at] seco [dot] admin [dot] ch