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Working conditions for employees

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency

If you own a company in the Netherlands you must ensure a healthy and safe work place for all your personnel, including temporary personnel. If you outsource work, for example to a subcontractor, you must also ensure a healthy and safe work place for the subcontractor's workers. A healthy and safe work place includes:

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

Assessing work-related risks

You are obliged to record details of the occupational hazards and corresponding countermeasures in a risk inventory and evaluation (RI&E). SZW Inspectorate offers an online self-assessment toolExternal link for employers to check if they know all the risks in their company and have implemented the appropriate measures.

Homeworking and working flextime

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

Working conditions catalogue

The Working Conditions Act (Arbowet), the Working Conditions Decree (Arbobesluit), the Working Conditions Regulation (Arboregeling) and the Working Conditions Policy Rules (Arbobeleidsregels) sum up the Dutch government's target conditions. Employers and employees use a working conditions catalogue (Arbocatalogus) to agree on how they are going to achieve these target conditions. A working conditions catalogue may apply to only one company or to an entire sector. On the (Dutch-language) website DeArbocatalogus.nlExternal link 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, they have published several pamphlets in English on the main occupational hazardsExternal link 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.

Working conditions certificates

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

Childcare working conditions

Veiligheid.nl developed the Risk Monitor ChildcareExternal link (Risicomonitor Kinderopvang, in Dutch) 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

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 Arbocatalogi-bouwnijverheid.nlExternal link (in Dutch).

Working conditions in the graphics and media design sector

On the Arbografimedia.nlExternal link website (in Dutch), you will find various 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 their website ‘5x Better, Working is healthy'External link (in Dutch). The main risks are smoke from welding, harmful noise levels and solvents.

Working conditions in transport and logistics

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

Free career advice for over-45 year olds

In 2019, if you employ staff over the age of 45, they are eligible for free career advice from a career advisor. The subsidy scheme ‘Career development advice for over-45 year oldsExternal link’ (in Dutch) has been extended to include all over-45 year olds. Every employee over the age of 45 can request advice on the development of their career in a number of sessions with a coach. The sessions are free for the employee. The coach can apply for a subsidy for €600 per employee.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency