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Poland: Health and safety

Original authors: Mark Carley and Anna Ludwinek
Updating author: Kalina Jaroslawska

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  • The central principle of health and safety law is that employers are responsible for safety and hygiene at the workplace. (See General)
  • Employers and employees have various duties regarding health and safety. (See Employers' duties and Employees' duties)
  • Employers are authorised to carry out sobriety tests on employees for alcohol and drug use. (See Sobriety testing)
  • The National Labour Inspectorate is the statutory body responsible for supervising and inspecting the observance of health and safety legislation. (See Enforcement and penalties)
  • A specific public insurance scheme, funded by employers' contributions, pays a variety of benefits relating to accidents at work and occupational illnesses. (See Compensation for injury or illness)