Safety at the workplace

Employers are responsible for safety at the workplace. They must take all the measures necessary to avoid accidents and protect health, apply these measures using state-of-the-art technology and adapt them to the specific characteristics of the company. By complying with safety rules, apprentices contribute to preventing accidents and occupational diseases.

Hazardous work is generally prohibited for young people under 18 years of age. Exceptions to this may be provided for in the respective VET ordinance. However, in such cases accompanying measures to protect the occupational health and safety of young people must then be indicated in Annex 2 to the training plan.

The following institutions are responsible for monitoring compliance with provisions relating to safety at the workplace:

  • SUVA
  • Cantonal labour inspectorates
  • Federal labour inspectorate