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Shipping is now also covered by the Work Environment Authority’s regulation on the organisational and social work environment. As a result, the earlier recommendations on the structure of the organisation have become binding regulations and two other regulations will be removed.

Just over three years after the regulation on the organisational and social working environment was applied ashore, it also came into force for the shipping industry on 1 August this year. The new regulation aims to make the rules about mental health problems in working life easier to follow, and the earlier recommendations regarding the organisation of work have been changed into binding regulations.

Old rules removed
“I think it’s a good move to merge the organisational and social work environments,” says Christina Östberg, work environment coordinator at the Transport Agency. “In many cases poor work organisation can result in personnel feeling bad.”

In terms of practical work, the regulation will bring about two main changes. Firstly, the employer must ensure that managers and supervisors know how to prevent or deal with unhealthy workloads, conflicts and discrimination. Secondly, goals need to be introduced that promote a good organisational and social work environment. Personnel must be aware of these goals and they must be documented in writing if there are ten or more employees in the company. Since the regulation on the organisational and social working environment (AFS 2015:4) came into force, the older regulation on discrimination at work (AFS 1993:17) has been discontinued, as well as the psychological and social aspects of the work environment (AFS 1980:14). The Work Environment Authority’s website, av.se, has short information videos and materials explaining the regulation on the organisational and social working environment.

Linda Sundgren, text and photo

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