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Chile: Health and safety

Original and updating authors: Constanza Contreras and Andres Valdes, Baker & McKenzie


  • Employers are required to take all measures necessary to protect employees' lives and health. (See General)
  • Employers have numerous specific statutory health and safety obligations, and must draw up "internal regulations" on relevant matters. (See Duties on employers and employees)
  • A joint health and safety committee must be set up in all workplaces with more than 25 employees. (See Safety representatives)
  • Labour inspectors monitor and enforce compliance with health and safety legislation, and are empowered to fine offending employers. (See Enforcement and penalties)
  • All employees are insured against occupational injury and illness under a statutory scheme funded by employer contributions. (See Compensation for occupational injury or illness)