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If you own a business in the Netherlands and you employ staff, you are obliged to conduct a risk assessment and evaluation (RI&E). You must make sure your employees can work safely and healthily. If you conduct an RI&E you know the risks. The Inspectorate SZW checks if you have an RI&E.
What is an RI&E?
The RI&E must be performed before the official start of your business. When carrying out an RI&E, you must check:
- which risks you and your employees encounter;
- which risks are the most severe or important;
- what measures you have taken in order to prevent harm to your own health and that of your employees;
- what measures you are planning to take (Plan van Aanpak).
You must implement and regularly evaluate the measures. You must also make the RI&E available for perusal at a location accessible by employees.
If you do not comply with the rules, for instance if you do not have an RI&E, it is incomplete or if it is not approved, you may be fined.
The Dutch support centre for risk inventory (RI&E) offers a comprehensive step-by-step guide in English for business owners.
Drawing up an RI&E
You have more than 25 employees
You must be assisted by a health and safety officer when drawing up the RI&E. A certified occupational health and safety service or health and safety expert must assess the RI&E.
You have 25 employees or less
You do not have to have the RI&E assessed if you use a recognised RI&E-tool developed by your sector organisation. Several of these sector organisations offer their RI&E tool on their website. You can find your sector and RI&E using the (Dutch-language) Rie.nl website.
You work with volunteers
Do you work (solely) with volunteers? You do not always need to to conduct an RI&E (in Dutch) or have it checked. For instance if you have employees for at most 40 hours a week in total besides the volunteers.
You can use the (Dutch-language) Checklist Health Risks on Rie.nl to conduct the compulsory risk inventory and evaluation.