Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


The United States and Sweden are both highly industrialized nations whose workers are exposed to similar risks and substances. Thus, the legal problems surrounding worker protection from occupational hazards are similar. Traditions and cultural differences, however, have influenced the direction each country has taken in this area. In light of these differences, the author reviews some recent changes in Swedish occupational safety and health law and examines the important differences between the Swedish and United States approaches. She concludes that although neither country would benefit from the wholesale adoption of the other's program, each could effectively borrow ideas that proved successful in the other nation to improve its own system.