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Danish Working Environment Authority rules on psychosocial working conditions

Get an overview and direct links to Danish Working Environment Authority (WEA) rules and guidelines on psychosocial working conditions and the health and safety organisation.

What do the rules and legislation cover?

It’s the employer’s responsibility to ensure that working conditions at the shop are appropriate from a health and safety perspective. This follows from the Danish Working Environment Act. This means that the employer (and day-to-day manager) must ensure that employees do not become ill because of their work.

This is a broad wording, which is why the Danish Working Environment Authority has created a number of guidelines outlining how to make sure the working conditions are appropriate. The most important guidelines on psychosocial working conditions can be found below.

 

Inspection visits from the Danish Working Environment Authority

The Danish Working Environment Authority (WEA) carries out inspection visits to make sure you adhere to rules concerning health and safety risk assessment, procedures and guidelines, training of new employees, etc. Read about what takes place during an inspection and how to prepare for it on the Danish Working Environment Authority website (opens in new window – in Danish only).

 

When can the Danish Working Environment Authority intervene?

The Danish Working Environment Authority can intervene and make decisions when problems related to psychosocial working conditions are directly or indirectly caused by an individual’s job function. This means that the problems are typically caused by the work process, working methods or by the physical conditions for the work being carried out. The Danish Working Environment Authority can always intervene in cases related to offensive behaviour, including bullying and sexual harassment, and can make decisions in such cases, regardless of the causes of such problems.

These types of problems can be due to heavy workloads, high emotional demands, or physical violence and threats from customers or clients, for example. Regardless of the nature of working environment problems, there must be documentation that a problem constitutes a risk to the health or safety of employees before the Danish Working Environment Authority can make a decision.

 

Responses by the Danish Working Environment Authority

Depending on the severity of the non-compliance, the Danish Working Environment Authority can choose to respond in several ways. The responses can range from guidance, over an enforcement notice to a prohibition notice. Read more about the different responses on the Danish Working Environment Authority’s website (opens in new window).

 

The most important Danish Working Environment Authority (WEA) guidelines