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Do you own a business in the Netherlands, and do you employ staff? You must make sure your employees can work safely and healthily. You must conduct a risk assessment and evaluation (RI&E). 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 sure that the RIE is accessible for and can be examined by employees.
Do you not comply with the rules? For instance if you do not have an RI&E, if 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
When you draw up an RI&E, there are a few scenarios:
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 need 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 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.