The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) is a multidisciplinary research and specialist organization that focuses on well-being at work, research, advisory services and training. We operate under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health as an independent legal entity, and have around 500 employees.
Our clients include workplaces, decision-makers, individuals, occupational health service units and other parties engaged in ensuring well-being at work. Together with our clients, we develop well-functioning work communities and support workers’ work ability.
Our offices in Helsinki, Kuopio, Oulu, Tampere and Turku enable us to focus on the areas of expertise and needs of workplaces in different regions.
FIOH’s top management is committed to constantly developing their management system in accordance with the SFS ISO EN 9001:2015 standard, which is based on the process approach and the management of quality and risks.
FIOH aims to improve Finnish work life on the level of individual workers, workplaces, organizations, and society at large, through
- applied research and developmental projects,
- market-priced services for private and public organizations,
- training for occupational health and safety specialists, employers and workers,
- specialist advisory services for the government, and
- disseminating information to the general public.
Effectiveness: the impact of our activities creates improved well-being at workplaces and helps extend working careers
Reliability: our solutions are based on research evidence and reliable methods that work in practice. We are independent and impartial.
Partnership: working together with our clients strengthens the implementation of our strategy.
We believe that work can create well-being, and that healthy, safe and meaningful work generates “well-being through work”, which in turn leads to improved productivity and participation in work life.
Strategic focal points
Work ability and working careers
- Reducing the economic burden resulting from sickness absence and work disability
- Management of work ability and the working career
- Employment with partial work ability
- Digitalization and new forms of work (i.e., platform, service and sharing economies)
- Learning and development in digital work (digital tools, artificial intelligence)
- Workflow in digital work (fluent and healthy work, cognitive ergonomics)
- Reformation and digitalization in social and health services
SMEs and growth
- SMEs’ potential to function profitably in changing work life (safe and fluent work, health and work ability, motivation, competence).
Transforming occupational health services
- National health and social care reform
- Preventive focus in occupational health services
- Digital occupational health services
FIOH service areas
- Prevention of work-related illnesses and health problems
- Managing work environment risks and developing physical work environment
- Exposure follow-up and recognizing new risks
- Effective solutions for occupational safety
- Healthy workspaces