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Netherlands: Health and safety

Updating author: Wouter Engelsman and Jasper Hoffstedde, CLINT | Littler

Original authors: Mark Carley and Robbert H. van het Kaar

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  • Employers are required to ensure all aspects of their employees' health and safety and to seek an optimum level of safe working conditions. (See General)
  • Employers and employees have various duties regarding health and safety. (See Duties on employers and employees)
  • The nature of safety representation for employees depends on the size of their employer. (See Safety representatives)
  • The Netherlands Labour Authority monitors compliance with health and safety legislation, conducts inspections of workplaces, and may take various actions where it finds breaches. (See Enforcement and penalties)
  • There is no specific public occupational injury or illness insurance scheme. (See Compensation for injury or illness)