Administration of Occupational Safety and Health


Welcome to the homepage of the Administration of Occupational Safety and Health in Iceland (AOSH). Here you will find information about the institution.

Form for reporting work related accidents to the AOSH (in Icelandic).


Head Office of the Administration of Occupational Safety and Health

Vinnueftirlit ríkisins
Bíldshöfði 16, 110 Reykjavík
Tel: +(354) 550 4600
Fax: +(354) 550 4610
Email: vinnueftirlit@ver.is 

Role

The Administration of Occupational Safety and Health (AOSH) is an independent institution under the Ministry of Social Affairs. It´s role is to prevent accidents and health damage in the workplace. The current legislation, Act on Working Conditions, Health and Safety in the Workplace No. 46/1980, and a number of regulations ratified by the Minister for Social Affairs, cover workplaces on land with a staff of one or more persons. The AOSH is responsible for enforcing the legislation.

Main tasks

Training and publishing

Courses for managers, safety representatives and safety managers, courses that offer licence to operate heavy equipment, machinery and courses intended for drivers transporting dangerous cargo (ADR courses); workplace meetings, lectures and instructions on health and safety in the workplaces; publication of the AOSH´s newsletter, various training material, instructions, posters and regulations.

Consultation

The AOSH provides consultation regarding health and safety in the workplace to, for example, safety representatives, safety managers, foremen, other managers/directors and employees.

Inspection

Inspection and supervision to ensure that the law of health and safety in the workplace and regulations are followed. Also, inspection of machinery and technical equipment, such as heavy duty transportable machinery, agricultural machines and lifts, for instance folk lifts, car lifts and ski lifts.

Reviewing, measuring and testing

Reviewing and measuring noise, pollution, indoor air in the workplace etc.

References and licensure

Providing references/appraisals on drawings of new and restored buildings and licensure f. ex. to operate machinery and technical equipment.

Research

Research is conducted on the relation between work, working conditions and diseases, discomfort and accidents. Also, problems related to social risk factors are studied. These problems include mental and physical violence; mobbing;  sexual harassment; exstensive work load; incorrect organization of work and monotonous work.

Main Contacts

Eyjólfur Sæmundsson, Director
Björn Þ. Rögnvaldsson,  Lawyer
Head Office: Dómhildur Árnadóttir , Human Resource Manager
Department of Development and Inspection: Þórunn Sveinsdóttir, Dept. Director
Department of Heavy Duty Equipment: Magnús Guðmundsson, Dept. Director
Department of Industrial Hygiene: Víðir Kristjánsson, Dept. Director
Department of Research and Occupational Health: Kristinn Tómasson, Dept. Director
Department of Training and Information: Inghildur Einarsdóttir, Dept. Director
Technical Department: Ágúst Ágústsson, Dept. Director

Head Office of the Administration of Occupational Safety and Health

Bíldshöfði 16
110 Reykjavík
Tel: +(354) 550 4600
Fax: +(354) 550 4610
Email: vinnueftirlit@ver.is 

Local Divisions


 Address  Teleph.  Email
West area
     
Reykjanesbær Krossmóa 4a, 260 Reykjanesbær
550 4655
vestur@ver.is
Akranes Stillholt 18, 300 Akranes
550 4650
vestur@ver.is
Ísafjörður Hafnarstræti 1-3, 400 Ísafjörður
550 4653
vestur@ver.is
 North area
     
Akureyri
Skipagata 14, 600 Akureyri 550 4660
nordur@ver.is
Sauðárkrókur
Faxatorg 1, 550 Sauðárkrókur
550 4660 
nordur@ver.is
Húsavík
Útgarður 1, 640 Húsavík
550 4660
nordur@ver.is
East area
     
Egilsstaðir
Kaupvangur 6, 700 Egilsstaðir 550 4670
austur@ver.is
South area
     
Selfoss
Eyravegur 25, 800 Selfoss
550 4680
sudur@ver.is


Statistics

In the annual report of AOSH (ársskýrsla - in icelandic), statistical information can be found concerning:

  • Inspection activities
  • Occupational accidents and diseases
  • Specialized measurements and information
  • Campaigns
  • Information and training
  • Research
  • Domestic and international cooperation
  • Conferences and meetings

Presentations and articles written by staff.