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Comparative study of legislation and legal practices in the Nordic countries concerning labour inspection

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The objective of this study was to find out how legislation and legal practices concerning labour inspections differ in the Nordic countries. To accomplish this, individual eports on each Nordic country were made. Three areas concerning labour inspection were investigated in each report: An examination on how labour inspection is administered in order to gain an insight into how labour inspection is governed in each country. Secondly, the scope of legislation concerning labour inspection was examined to establish whether the Labour Inspection Authorities in the Nordic countries are expected to enforce only legislation concerning occupational safety and health, working conditions in general, or whether the Authorities have been additionally entrusted other duties, e.g. enforcement with the terms and conditions of employment of workers. Furthermore, it was also examined to whom the legislation applies and the content of the provisions of the legislation. Finally, the follow-up systems of the labour inspection legislation were examined.

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Report on Iceland

The Act on Working Environment, Health and Safety in the Workplace No. 46/1980, with subsequent amendments (hereafter the Working Environment Act) contains provisions concerning the working environment in Iceland. The purpose of the Act is to ensure a safe and healthy working environment in accordance with social and technical developments in society and to ensure that it is possible to resolve safety and health problems within workplaces in accordance with current legislation, recommendations from employer and employee associations and guidelines and instructions from the Administration of Occupational Safety and Health (cf. Article 1).

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