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Labour Inspectorate: only three days passed without occupational accidents last year

As the economy opened up in 2021, the number of occupational accidents increased. We lost around 1.1 million working hours due to occupational accidents. There were 3873 occupational accidents last year. Of these, 2827 were minor and 1033 were serious. Thirteen people lost their lives at work. Only three days were without any occupational accidents. According to the Labour Inspectorate Director General Maret Maripuu, the keywords of last year were the working environment risk assessment and vaccination. “2021 was the second year we spent with the coronavirus,” she said.  “Most...

Information sheet for refugees arriving from Ukraine

Estonian Labour Inspectorate put together an information sheet for refugees arriving from Ukraine and seeking for work. The sheet contains information about the most important regarding labour relation – employment contract, working and resting time, salary and terminating the contract. Download the materials as PDF: In Estonian In Ukrainian In English In Russian   Working conditions If you have been granted temporary protection and a residence permit, you are subject to the same conditions as local workers. Working is possible under a number of types of...

Did you receive a letter for the submission of risk assessment?

As of 27 July 2021, the Labour Inspectorate is sending reminders to employers stating that employers have an obligation to prepare the risk assessment in the working environment database or send it to the Labour Inspectorate in a format which can be reproduced in writing (subsection 134 (7) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act). Security authorities do not have to submit a risk assessment to the Labour Inspectorate (subsection 1 (2) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act). According to the implementing provision of said provision, employers are required to submit a valid risk...

Estonia is hit by a heatwave. What can be done to prevent extreme heat at the workplace?

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act an employer should design and furnish their workplace in such a way that it is possible to avoid occupational accidents and damage to health, and to maintain an employee’s work ability and well-being. The air temperature and humidity and air velocity at the workplace should be appropriate for the performance of official duties and it should be ensured that there is fresh air in workplaces. A specific temperature for workplaces has not been laid down in legislation. The indoor climate at a workplace – air temperature and humidity and air...

Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act

The year 2021 has already brought and will continue to bring amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (hereinafter OHSA) and it is worth keeping in mind the dates of 1 March and 1 September. However, the main keywords are modernity and the reduction of the administrative burden for employers, and we can point this out in the case of the updated OHSA. It should be said, however, that for employers who operate in accordance with the OHSA in their working environment and know what needs to be done to look after the health of their employees and have control over the health and...

COVID-19 ABC at the workplace: what to do if you have been exposed to the coronavirus and suspect infection

COVID-19 is an infectious disease that spreads from person to person through droplets, mainly in close contact* with an infected person. The risk of COVID-19 spread is higher in closed, crowded, and poorly ventilated rooms. The objective of these instructions is to guide employers and employees on how to ensure a safe workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. The employee has had an encounter with a potentially contagious person From the perspective of preventing the spread of COVID-19, it is important that an employee who has been in close contact* with a potentially...

Amendments to better protect the rights of posted workers enter into force

On 30 July, amendments that will ensure better protection of the rights of employees posted to Estonia will enter into force. The working conditions of posted workers working in Estonia will be specified more precisely and a regulation for long-term employment will be introduced. Employers are obligated to keep the information provided on posted workers up to date. The concept of ‘a posted worker’ is governed by Directive 96/71/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services. A posted worker is an employee...

The Labour Inspectorate is returning to its regular organisation of work

The Labour Inspectorate has continued to operate in a limited extent throughout the entire emergency situation. From 18 May, the regular organisation of work will resume, with the exception of consultations still not being provided in the offices. The Labour Inspectorate continued to advise parties of employment relationships throughout the entire emergency situation. The number of calls multiplied and during the first three weeks of the emergency situation, seven times more calls were made to the consultation line than usual. The number of calls has now stabilised, but there are still...

Labour Dispute Committe hearings in April

The Labour Inspectorate is considering various possibilities on how to arrange the Labour Dispute Committe hearings in a manner that guarantees the safety of all participants. We are also looking for means to conduct the hearings via a video bridge. Only such hearings, which can be conducted safely, will take place in April. The Labour Dispute Committe will contact all involved parties and give further details, whether the hearing will take place or be postponed.

The Labour Inspectorate gives advice on how to organise work in a safer way

The Labour Inspectorate’s hotline, 640 6000, is open to all employees and employers who have questions about making the working environment safer against the coronavirus. The number of calls to the Labour Inspectorate’s hotline has increased several times in recent days. Most questions are about employment relationships during the emergency situation. Answers to frequently asked questions are available at There are also many concerns about the working environment. We encourage employers to contact us if you need advice on...