Prevention of work accidents and occupational illness: strict requirements

In terms of the prevention of accidents and illness at work, the employer should leave nothing to chance. 

It is the employer’s role to err on the safe side to avoid its employees sustaining accidents or falling ill as a result of their work. Accident insurance is not the employer’s only obligation in Switzerland. It must also be aware of the potential risks associated with the various activities carried on within its company and put in place prevention, on the one hand in the form of information and, on the other, in the form of specific measures such as providing protective equipment.

On its website, the Federal Coordination Commission for Occupational Safety (FCOS) provides information and directives on workplace health and safety. Companies paying social insurance contributions under the Federal Law on Accident Insurance (LAI) must apply the rules of the FCOS directive relating to using occupational physicians and other occupational health and safety experts (OHS directive). This directive regulates the obligation to use occupational health and safety (OHS) experts, requires determination of risks and planning of measures, and sets out specific requirements for the company’s safety system depending on the type of activity.


Last modification 27.02.2020

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