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Taking company emergency response measures (BHV)

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

When a (major) emergency happens, you have to be able to take care of your employees and visitors. For that reason, you need to take measures to offer help: so-called company emergency response measures. You do not have to employ a company emergency response officer; you can take other company emergency response measures. What you decide to do this depends on the size of your company and the risks in the company. General guidelines can be found in Article 15 of the Working Conditions Act (Arbowet).

How many emergency response officers do you need?

If you decide to employ emergency response officers, you determine how many you need on the details in the risk inventory and evaluation (RI&E). The number of employees and the average number of visitors are especially important factors. You must ensure that there are always sufficient emergency service workers available.

Emergency response plan and evacuation plan

You must draw up an emergency response plan (company emergency plan) which details precisely how to act when there is an emergency. You must also have an evacuation plan, which can be part of the emergency response plan.

Company emergency response on construction sites

On construction sites (including temporary sites), contractors and subcontractors must jointly provide the emergency response measures. Joint agreements relating to field of health and safety must be stated in the Health and Safety Plan. It is the responsibility of the person in charge of emergency response to make sure there is a sound emergency response plan. This plan must be in line with the Health and Safety Plan.

Please note: If two or three of your employees are working at a private individual’s premises, this is also considered a construction site, but a Health and Safety Plan is not required in this situation.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO