Working Conditions Act and Emergency Response

The Working Conditions Act describes the conditions that workplaces must meet so that they are safe and healthy environments for employees. This law obliges the employer to ensure that these matters are safeguarded in the so-called Working Conditions Policy.

Working Conditions Act

Details of the working conditions policy are determined by your employer in collaboration with various internal and external employee representatives such as the works council, trade unions and staff association. The working conditions policy consists of various parts:

It describes how the employer arranges the treatment of sick employees under the supervision of a company doctor.

This describes the possible risks that employees may encounter during work. In order to deal responsibly with these risks, a Plan of Action must be drawn up which indicates how the identified risks are reduced.

This employee plays a leading role in the preparation and implementation of the RI&E. Employers from 25 employees must have appointed at least 1 employer as prevention employee.

Periodic occupational health examination (PAGO)

The employer must ensure that you can periodically undergo an occupational health examination (PAGO). In that case, employees can report to a company doctor for an investigation into work-related health problems. This is an employee’s right, not an obligation.

To this end, Article 15 clearly states that the employer must be assisted in knowledge and skills by appointed emergency response officers. These ensure the exercise and maintenance of a safe work environment. In the event of an emergency, they will also be leading in bringing occupational safety under control.

Veiligheid en risico onderdelen arbowet

What are the employer's obligations regarding emergency response?

BHV safety obligations

Article 15 states that the employer must ensure that:

  1. The employer is assisted by the knowledge and expertise of a competent company emergency response officer.
  2. The relevant employees who bear an emergency response responsibility can at all times adequately perform his / her tasks.
  3. The employer provides for the training and equipment of the employee with emergency response authority.
  4. The ERO must maintain his / her knowledge and skills through training. However, there are no requirements for this training and may be completed at the discretion of the certifying institution.

100% compliant with Novo Safety

Novo Safety enables employers and employees to comply with all the guidelines of the Dutch Working Conditions Act, including the specific guidelines stipulated in Article 15, by means of an online emergency response course. All of these guidelines have been carefully implemented in Novo Safety’s online courses.

BHV 100% compliant

European Working Conditions Act:

Europese BHV richtlijnen

When you comply with the Dutch Working Conditions Act, you automatically also comply with the working conditions guidelines of Europe as drawn up in European legislation of 89-391 / EEC. Novo Safety’s online emergency response courses are therefore very suitable for companies operating within the EU.