The National Research Centre for the Working Environment (NFA) is a government research institute under the Ministry of Employment. The mission of the NFA is to monitor, analyse and explore conditions in the working environment of importance to health, safety and work role functioning.
NFA serves as a knowledge base for the administrative and legislative work of the Ministry of Employment. Furthermore, NFA disseminates research based knowledge to the social partners, enterprises and working environment counsellors, contributes to further education at the universities and serves as a gateway to working environment knowledge for enterprises through the Working Environment Information Centre.

Areas of expertise
The NFA played a major role in establishing the scientific background knowledge for the development of the current National Working Environment Strategy 2010. The research strategy of the NFA is designed to support achievement of the goals of this national strategy just as it aims at preventing even longer term challenges. The themes of the current research are:

  • Psychosocial work
  • Musculoskeletal disorders and physical workload
  • Accidents and safety culture
  • Epidemiology and safety monitoring
  • Chemical working environment, toxicology, nano safety and microbiology.