Due to recent activities of the Dutch Labour Inspectorate, there is important information to share with you. In its efforts to enhance workplace safety, the Labour Inspectorate has intensified and strengthened their inspections since 2021. These inspections have significant implications for employers and businesses in the Netherlands. We strongly advise you to take note of the following key points:
Risk Inventory and Evaluation (RI&E) Requirement:
A Risk Inventory and Evaluation (RI&E) is a crucial document that every employer must have. It identifies and assesses the potential risks and hazards in the workplace and outlines the necessary measures to mitigate them. The RI&E typically includes information about the nature of work, potential risks, existing control measures and an action plan for improvement. It is important to note that having an up-to-date and comprehensive RI&E is a legal requirement.
Sanctions for Non-Compliance:
The lack of an RI&E can lead to fines and penalties in inspections. If a workplace accident occurs and an RI&E is not available to demonstrate the necessary precautions that were taken, the employer will be held liable by the Labour Inspectorate. This can have serious legal- and financial consequences for the employer.
Prioritizing Workplace Safety:
By conducting a thorough RI&E, employers demonstrate their commitment to providing a safe and healthy work environment for their employees. It does not only help to prevent accidents and injuries, but it also ensures compliance with legal obligations and regulatory standards. Prioritizing workplace safety not only protects employees, but also safeguards the company’s reputation and sustainability.
The Role of the Labour Inspectorate:
The Dutch Labor Inspectorate plays a crucial role in enforcing workplace safety regulations. Through their inspections, they aim to identify and rectify any violations or shortcomings related to workplace safety, including the absence or inadequacy of an RI&E. Employers should proactively address any issues identified by the Labour Inspectorate to ensure compliance and maintain a safe working environmentWe strongly advise all employers to review their existing RI&E, or if not yet in place, to develop and implement one as soon as possible. Compliance with workplace safety regulations is not only a legal obligation, it is also a moral responsibility that ensures the well-being of employees and the long-term success of the business.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact our GMS-team.
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