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 ( map )
Dvergshöfði 2, 110 Reykjavík
Tel: +(354) 550 4600


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.


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 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 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

Head Office of the Administration of Occupational Safety and Health

Dvergshöfði 2
110 Reykjavík
Tel: +(354) 550 4600

Local Offices

West area
Reykjanesbær Krossmói 4a, 260 Reykjanesbær
Akranes Stillholt 18, 300 Akranes
Ísafjörður Hafnarstræti 1-3, 400 Ísafjörður
 North area
Skipagata 14, 600 Akureyri
Faxatorg 1, 550 Sauðárkrókur
Útgarður 1, 640 Húsavík
East area
Kaupvangur 6, 700 Egilsstaðir
South area
Eyravegur 25, 800 Selfoss


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.