- COMPULSORY AND FORMAL ISSUES
- MATERIAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT
- IMPROVEMENT NOTICES
In the event of a violation of the Working Environment Act, The Danish Working Environment Authority (WEA) may react in different ways. The different types of reactions are described below. In all cases, we can help you with good solutions, feedback to the Danish WEA, etc. MELAU – Arbejdsmiljø ApS is also an authorized occupational health and safety consultant on the physical area. That means that we can help you with improvement notices and consultancy notices regarding Health and Safety Plan (PSS in Danish), internal traffic, noise, acoustics, etc.
Improvement notices with time limit are probably the most used reaction method by the Danish WEA. The company gets a time limit of e.g. three months to solve the working environment problem in question.
There are two types of immediate improvement notices: with and without significant danger. Improvement notices with significant danger are given in cases where measures must be taken immediately to avert an accident or an unnecessary load. However, there is no significant danger. Immediate improvement notices without significant danger are given if the purpose of the decision is wasted, e.g. at temporary workplaces or construction site that ceases when the work is completed. Immediate improvement notices without significant danger are also given in cases where the problem can be solved with simple methods.
Prohibition notices are given where there is a risk to life and health. The work is stopped until effective measures have been taken. Prohibition notices will increase the supervision from the Danish WEA to ensure that the company will not repeat similar violations. Companies that are placed under increased supervision will be published on the Danish WEA’s website.
Investigation notices – also called §21 notices – are given if there is a need for an investigation of e.g. noise and acoustics, substitution of chemical products, ergonomics, etc. In some cases, the company is required to use an authorized occupational health and safety consultant.
The company can be required to use an authorized occupational health and safety consultant to assist in solving the or those working environment problems that the company has been given notices about. One of the intentions of using an authorized occupational health and safety consultant is also to prevent the company from violating the working the rules on working environment again.