• a proper work place and safe equipment
  • the prevention from physical and psychological stress
  • prevention from contact with dangerous substances, radiation and contagion

You are obliged to record details of the occupational hazards and corresponding countermeasures in a risk inventory and evaluation (RI&E).

Working conditions catalogue

The Dutch government's target conditions can be found in the Working Conditions Act (Arbowet), the Working Conditions Decree (Arbobesluit), the Working Conditions Regulation (Arboregeling) and the Working Conditions Policy Rules (Arbobeleidsregels). Employers and employees use a working conditions catalogue (Arbocatalogus) to agree on how they are going to achieve the government's target conditions. A working conditions catalogue can apply to one company or to an entire sector. On the (Dutch-language) website DeArbocatalogus.nl you will find practical suggestions and instruments for developing an occupational health and safety catalogue.

Sector pamphlets on occupational hazards

The SZW Inspectorate (Inspectie SZW) checks whether the working conditions legislation is applied. To help you, the inspectorate publishes pamphlets on the main occupational hazards in specific sectors. You can read what requirements apply to you as an employer in your sector and what precisely the SZW Inspectorate looks for during an inspection. Most pamphlets are in Dutch, but some of them are translated in English.

Working conditions certificates

A working conditions certificate is mandatory for a number of products, activities and systems, such as:

  • lifts, cranes and pressure vessels
  • diving work, working with explosives and shooting commercial fireworks
  • working conditions services and asbestos assessment companies

Working at home and working flextime

Do your employees often work at home or from, for example, an Internet café, station or flexible work location? In that case, you are less or not responsible for working conditions. You must, however, provide information and support.

Working conditions in the graphics and media design sector

On the Arbografimedia.nl website, you will find various (Dutch-language) tools and brochures on safe and healthy working in the graphics and media design sector.

Working conditions in the metal industry

Employers' organisations and labour unions in the metalworking and electrical engineering industries inform their members about the major occupational health risks in the metal sector through the (Dutch-language) website ‘5x Better, Working is healthy' (5x Beter, Werken is gezond). The main risks are:

  • smoke from welding
  • harmful noise levels
  • solvents

Working conditions in the construction sector

The occupational health and safety catalogues agreed by employers and employees in the construction sector can be found on the (Dutch-language) Arbocatalogi-bouwnijverheid.nl website.

Various tools and brochures addressing health and safety in the construction industry can be found on the Arbouw website. Information about health and safety in the electrical and mechanical engineering and insulation sector can be found on the website I&I Mens en Werk. These sites are available in Dutch only.

Working conditions in transport and logistics

As an employer in transport and logistics you can check if your employees work safely and healthily through an online self-inspection tool of the SZW Inspectorate.

Childcare working conditions

The Consumer Safety Institute (Stichting Consument & Veiligheid) developed the (Dutch-language) Risk Monitor (Risicomonitor) in conjunction with the National Hygiene and Safety Centre (LCHV) and the FCB Labour Market Issues Services Centre (FCB). This online tool enables you to manage childcare safety, health and working conditions online.