Environment, Health & Safety (EHS)
Environmental and Occupational Law in Finland and the EU
With our legal expertise and our extensive network of specialists in various fields, we help our clients find solutions to their legal and compliance issues and problems.
National and EU requirements are closely linked to the environmental sector. Rapidly changing requirements and standards require companies to anticipate and prioritize. Not everything can or should be solved at once, but it is important to identify which aspects of a company’s operations pose the greatest legal risks.
Companies operating in Finland and in the EU need to be aware of a number of different regulations and legal provisions, such as those concerning substances classified as hazardous (PFOS, asbestos, heavy metals, etc.), waste water and land use regulations and recommendations and, of course, the Finnish Occupational Safety Act (738/2002), which is the basis for legislation on safety at work.
Our EHS services
Employers are responsible for ensuring the health and safety of their employees in accordance with both general and sectoral health and safety legislation and standards. All companies and sectors are particularly subject to issues such as health and safety at work, employment contracts and collective bargaining agreements. In particular, in sectors involving a high level of subcontracting, it is a good idea to ensure that the tools and activities involved in subcontracting meet the requirements of Finnish law.
DGE Finland has long experience of working with a wide range of companies: in the field of environmental and occupational safety legislation: our clients include IT companies, car manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and energy companies. We use our practical experience and sector-specific knowledge to address the challenges each of our clients face.
In the field of environmental and occupational safety law, we offer the following services:
- Environmental, Occupational Health and Safety (EHS) and chemicals law
- Reporting obligations: CSRD and other reporting obligations.
- Contractor liability and employee’s rights
- Training and consultancy: we provide our clients with training on both national and EU legislation, so that they are best prepared to prepare for future requirements and address potential shortcomings within their organization.
- Occupational health and safety management and management systems
- Regulatory registers and databases
Finnish legislation does not always provide unambiguous answers to all questions. In occupational safety and health, the best and often cheapest approach is preventive. When there is no definite answer and when the issue at stake involves high potential risks, it is appropriate to seek the advice of a lawyer who understands the operational aspects of legislation as well as the importance of precedents and their application in practice.