Inspection of enterprises
The Danish Working Environment Authority carries out inspections at enterprises – including foreign enterprises with employees – to check that their health and safety conditions are in order.
The control measures of the Danish Working Environment Authority
The Danish Working Environment Authority supervises whether Acts and rules in the field of safety and health at work are observed, among others through inspection visits and guidance of the enterprises and their safety organisations. The aim is to make the enterprises capable of solving their issues in relation to health and safety at the workplace.
The different forms of sanctions of the Danish Working Environment Authority, i.e. improvement notices, legal charges, administrative fines and guidelines - will depend on both the enterprise’s actual working environment standards and on its own efforts.
As an executive authority, the Danish Working Environment Authority focuses in particular on enterprises with poor safety and health conditions and no serious policy in relation to working environment issues.
Checking your health and safety conditions
At an inspections by the Danish Working Environment Authority we check compliance with the Danish health and safety rules. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure compliance with the health and safety rules.
Danish Working Environment Authority's inspectors are, on production of proper identification, entitled to have free access to public and private workplaces to the extent required to enable them to execute their duties.
It is an unannounced visit where we check your enterprise by walking around to assess whether your health and safety conditions are in order. We look at conditions such as the enterprise’s own health and safety performance and ergonomics, noise and the risk of accidents, etc.
Use of interpreters
We can call an interpreter, if necessary. The interpreter will interpret over the telephone during the actual visit.
Interpretation is provided free of charge for your enterprise.
Contravention of the Danish Working Environment Act
If your enterprise fails to comply with the health and safety rules, we will direct you to remedy matters immediately. We can issue an improvement notice to your enterprise to remedy matters – immediately, if necessary (immediate improvement notice). We can also issue a prohibition notice against further work until matters have been remedied. In more serious cases we can report your enterprise to the police and you may have to pay fines.
In case of many or complex and serious health and safety problems we will direct your enterprise to use an authorized health and safety consultant. A health and safety consultant must advise your enterprise on preventing and solving health and safety problems. Your enterprise must pay for the services of the consultant.
The Danish Working Environment Authority (WEA) can offer companies an agreement process, if we find a cross-disciplinary or complex health and safety problem. The agreement process provides companies with the opportunity to make an extra effort regarding their working environment, and to get help with this from the Danish Working Environment Authority (WEA). We do not offer agreements for problems that need to be solved immediately.
Offer of dialogue and guidance (enters into force on 23 September 2020)
In connection with companies receiving either a notice with time limit, or an immediate improvement notice, regarding a specific health and safety problem, the Danish Working Environment Authority (WEA) may offer supplementary dialogue and guidance. This may concern how the company can work to solve the problem and generally strengthen the working environment.
Companies that have received a ban on continuing their work after a supervision are subsequently subject to stricter supervision, whereby the Danish Working Environment Authority (WEA) follows up on the conditions. We charge a fee for stricter supervision. The fee is DKK 10,000 in 2020, but this will be adjusted annually.