The AIA and the EmpA govern the same issues and in some cases overlap with regard to protection. Once the APO and EmpO 3 have been amended, implementation will be optimised.
Health and safety in the workplace are currently regulated by two pieces of legislation. The Federal Accident Insurance Act (AIA) governs occupational safety (the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases), while the Federal Act on Employment in Business, Trade and Industry (EmpA) contains provisions on general health protection. The two pieces of legislation govern the same issues and in some cases overlap with regard to protection. Once the APO and EmpO 3 have been amended, implementation will be optimised.
Amendment to the Ordinance on the Prevention of Accidents and Occupational Diseases (APO) and amendment to Ordinance 3 to the Employment Act (EmpO 3), in force since 1 October 2015
In the Federal Council decree of 26 September 2008, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) were mandated to compile cases of duplication regarding occupational safety and health protection in terms of regulations and implementation and to propose solutions to eliminate/ reduce them. On the basis of analyses and surveys involving the implementing bodies, the APO was substantively revised regarding responsibilities (Art. 49 APO) and the duplications were formally corrected, i.e. reworded in the APO and the EmpO 3. The amendments have been in force since 1 October 2015.
In the Federal Council decree of 26 September 2008, the FOPH was also mandated to encourage the Federal Coordination Commission for Occupational Safety (FCOS) to introduce and support closer cooperation between the implementing bodies for occupational safety and to take on a mediating role (‘catalyst’) as part of a pilot project.
The FCOS has discontinued this ‘catalyst’pilot project. At its meeting on 5 December 2018, the FCOS approved the final report to the EAER and FDHA and declared itself against introduction of the ‘catalyst’ function across Switzerland.
Last modification 06.09.2019