Working environment

When you provide services to the Danish market, you will have to follow all Danish rules on working environment.

Working Environment

As a foreign company in Denmark, you will have to follow Danish rules on working environment in the workplace. The Danish Working Environment Authority (WEA) is responsible for e.g. inspecting the working environment in Denmark.

What are the main rules?

The Danish rules are based on EU regulation. Therefore, the Danish rules are probably not far from the rules in your home country. However, the Danish regulation on working environment in the workplace is typically as strict as or stricter than rules in other EU countries.

It is your responsibility as an employer to ensure compliance with the working environment rules. You have to follow the same rules as a Danish company.

In Denmark, the rules on working environment are administered by the WEA through inspections on the workplace and guidance to companies. In Denmark, you will find that the WEA does a large number of inspections. When the WEA visits you for an inspection, they will check whether your health and safety conditions are in order. The WEA will for instance look at the company’s own health and safety performance, ergonomics, use of technical machines and dangerous chemicals. The WEA also checks your RUT notification.

When your company is inspected, you will need to have at least the following documents ready:

  • Health and safety risk assessment (in Danish it is called an ‘APV’)
  • A written company policy on smoking in the work place incl. company cars
  • Relevant instructions for use of machines and dangerous substances

In certain sectors, special sector rules may apply. For instance, the construction sector has a special set of rules relating to working environment. You can learn more on regulations for building- and construction at the WEA’s website.

You should contact the WEA or the relevant employers’ organisation for information on rules for your sector.

When will I be inspected by the WEA?

Inspections are mainly done unannounced. Among others, the WEA uses the RUT register to plan their inspections, and you will be inspected some time after notification to RUT.

Most often the WEA do the inspections by themselves, but they also do inspections together with the tax authorities and the police.

What are the sanctions?

The WEA has the possibility by law to give you a sanction. There are generally three types of sanctions.

  • You can be told to make changes to the working environment at the work place immediately or within a time limit
  • The WEA can close down your work place if the working environment conditions are very dangerous
  • The WEA can give you a fine

If you do not comply the WEA will ask the police to initiate criminal charges against you.

Where can I get more information on working environment rules?

For more information on the Danish working environment rules

For more information on the obligation to register in the Register for Foreign Service Providers (RUT)