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.