Who is responsible for what?

To create a good working environment at a construction site, preventive safety and health work is important; all participants must assume their respective responsibilities. Moreover, it is important that the various participants work together and that construction workers contribute to the safety and health work.

Project Supervisor is the person in charge of carrying out construction or installation work has the main responsibility of taking the working environment during the construction phase into account during preparations for the construction project (planning and design). The project supervisor is also responsible for drawing up the prior notice, the safety and health plan, and documentation, and that a coordinator for the construction work environment is assigned.

Planning and design coordinator for the construction work environment shall co-ordinate the project with regard to the working environment and shall see to it that the safety and health plan and documentation are drawn up.

The construction planners (architects, consultants, and so on) are also responsible, within their assignments, for taking the working environment into consideration during preparations for the construction project.

The construction and installation work coordinator for the construction work environment shall co-ordinate the work from the standpoint of the working environment, adjust the safety and health plan to how the work is actually carried out, verify that the work is being carried out correctly from the standpoint of the working environment, and that the safety and health plan is being followed.

All employers have main responsibility for the work environment of their employees. Employers’ responsibility for their own employees applies in full, even if there is another responsibility at the same time, for example those carrying out the planning, for those who have manufactured a machine used in the work, or for those who are coordinators for the construction work environment.

Sole traders and people who work in family-owned businesses with no employees shall essentially comply with all provisions that apply to employers and employees in construction and installation work.

Construction workers shall participate in work environment efforts, comply with laws and regulations, and use the necessary safety devices.

The safety representative represents employees on safety issues. If a job entails a direct, serious risk to life or health and the employer does not immediately remove the risk, the safety representative has the right to stop the work pending a ruling by the Swedish Work Environment Authority.

There are also regulations in the Swedish Work Environment Act on the responsibilities of those who hire labor and for those who supervise a work site.