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Background, composition, objectives, activities, documents and members


Health at work concerns 125 million working people in the Northern Dimension area. Therefore, achieving and keeping high standards of occupational safety and health (OSH) is an important task for the respective authorities in all countries in the region. Rapidly changing forms of work and work environment and introduction of new technologies often constitute a challenge for the governmental policies in this sector. A coherent and holistic approach is indispensable for reducing health hazards, improving the productivity and the level of social well-being of every employee.

The Declaration concerning the establishment of a NDPHS pays special attention to the OSH and emphasizes the importance of safe and supporting work environment. From 2005 until mid-2010, activities in this area were fostered by the then Expert Group on Social Inclusion, Healthy Lifestyles and Work Ability. From mid-2010 to October 2015, activities in this area were fostered by the then Task Group on Occupational Safety and Health. The meeting documents of this group can be found here.

Following the adoption of the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the Action Plan accompanying it, which define objectives, results and linked to them concrete activities, in October 2015 the NDPHS Committee of Senior Representatives (CSR) renewed the mandate of the Expert Group on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH EG) Terms of Reference for it and tasking it with the facilitation and implementation of the Objective 6: Strengthened occupational safety and health and well-being at work – through information and reporting systems, workplace activities and occupational health services as specified in the NDPHS Strategy 2020.

The Expert Group will, together with other bodies of the NDPHS, contribute to achieving the Horizontal results defined in the Action Plan accompanying the NDPHS Strategy 2020.


The OSH EG is comprised of high-level experts who come from national ministries and agencies of Partner Countries and Organisations, OSH institutions, the research community, NGOs and other relevant parties. The Expert Group’s work is led by the Lead Partner (Finland), supported by the Co-Lead Partner (Lithuania). The list of the members of the OSH EG is provided further down.

All eligible stakeholders are welcome to provide input to the OSH EG’s current and future activities. External experts are also invited to participate in the group’s meetings, as appropriate.

Aims and functions

In acordance with the above mentioned Declaration concerning the establishment of a NDPHS, under the guidance of the CSR, the OSH Expert Group has an advisory role and/or provide professional input to the preparation and implementation of joint activities carried out within the framework of the Partnership. Also, the Declaration permits the Expert Groups to “facilitate professional exchanges, increase co-ordination among Partners and Participants and monitor joint activities within their area of expertise.” Consistent with these provisions, the OSH Expert Group has the following functions:


The Expert Group's activities follow the priorities set out in the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the Action Plan accompanying it. The OSH EG (formerly the OSH TG) built group’s activities in parallel with the development of the new NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the Action Plan to best meet objective mentioned above. Activities were agreed in the OSH EG and Baltic Sea Network (BSN) joint meeting in Tallinn September 2015 and confirmed in PAC meeting in November 2015.

The activities are based on the long-term action plan of OSH EG:

1. Tripartite situational OSH analysis for better decision-making basis for addressing OSH challenges in the Northern Dimension area

2. Coordinated national policy frameworks for health and safety at work and for the provision of working conditions conducive to health and well-being

3. Coordinated special national programmes for the development of occupational health services for all working people

4. Higher national commitment to prevention of occupational hazards

5. Strengthened training framework for OHS staff in the Northern Dimension area

6. Better practical implementation of policies by improved information dissemination.


The OSH EG holds approximately 2 meetings per year, the autumn meeting is held jointly with BSN OSH Network. Specific information about forthcoming and past meetings, including meeting documents and minutes can be accessed on the Expert Group meetings web page.

Documents and minutes of the formerly operating SIHLWA EG, which was, inter alia, covering the issues dealt with by the OSH EG, can be accessed here.


View all calendar events of relevance to the OSH EG. Learn more about other sections of our Calendar.

Progress reports

Every year the NDPHS Expert Groups prepare progress reports. These reports are prepared in accordance with the Template for monitoring and reporting of the NDPHS progress and are submitted to every autumn CSR meeting and/or PAC event (they can be download here). With reference to the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the accompanying NDPHS Action Plan, they, inter alia, present the progress towards the agreed targets and take stock of achievements made, as well as describe further action required, obstacles encountered and, finally, the sustainability and expected long-term impact of the group’s activities.

Further information

Visit the NDPHS Database, which provides a growing number of papers (publications, newsletters, etc.) and projects, dealing with OSH issues. It also provides a pool of organisations and experts, which have been working in this area. The Database contains four sections. By clicking the links below, you will gain direct access to activities and expertise in the field of OSH in the NDPHS Database, sorted by:

Please note that you can also submit your own information on OSH to the Database (read more).


Chair, Finland

Mr. Owe Österbacka
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
P.O. Box 40
FI-00251 Helsinki

International Technical Advisor, Finland

Ms., D.Sc (Tech.), Päivi Hämäläinen
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Department for Work and Gender Equality
Policy Unit
P.O. Box 33
FI-00023 Government


Ms. Sandra Kuus
Ministry of Social Affairs
Suur-Ameerika 1,


Ms. Silja Soon
Labour Inspectorate
Mäealuse 2/3,
12618 Tallinn,

Ms. Karin Reinhold
Tallinn University of Technology
Akadeemia tee 3,
12618 Tallinn,


Mr. Ivars Vanadziņš
Institute for Occupational Safety and Environmental Health, Rātsupītes iela 5, LV-1069


Ms. Jolanta Geduša
Ministry of Welfare of Latvia
28 Skolas street
LV-1331 Riga


Ms Lolita Pilipavičienė
Occupational Health Centre
Institute of Hygiene


Ms. Kristina Jokimaitė
Primary Health Care and Nursing Division
Personal Health Care Department
Ministry of Health

Ms. Giedrė Namajūnaitė
Health Promotion Division
Public Health Department
Ministry of HealthMinistry of Health
Vilnius Str.33, Vilnius


Dr. Yogindra Samant
Directorate of Labour Inspection
Statens Hus
7467 Trondheim


Ms. Anne Marie Lund Eikrem
Directorate of Labour Inspection
Statens Hus
7467 Trondheim


Ms; PhD Eliza Goszczyńska
Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine (NIOM)
ul. Św. Teresy od Dzieciątka Jezus 8
91-348 Łódź, Poland


Cooperation suspended until
further notice.

International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

Mr. Jaime Calderon
Regional Office for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Vienna, MHD

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Mr Claude Loiselle
Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch (LABADMIN/OSH)
Governance and Tripartism Department (GOVERNANCE)
International Labour Office

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

Mr. Tim Tregenza
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, Gran Via 33 E-48009 Bilbao, Spain

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