Facts on the Danish Working Environment Authority

The Danish Working Environment Service is the public authority working in respect of the working environment. Its job is to help create safe, healthy work that promotes development by:

  • Inspecting the companies and work sites
  • Information on the working environment.

The Danish Working Environment Service screens all companies. This means that all companies with employees are visited by the Danish Working Environment Service. Here, a check is carried out to find out whether the company is compliant with the rules laid down in the Working Environment Act. If there are any flaws, a more thorough inspection may be carried out and the company may be required to use a specific advisor on the working environment in order to implement improvements. This screening results in the company being assigned a Smiley:

  • Green if the working environment is fine at that point
  • Yellow if the company has received an enforcement notice or an immediate enforcement notice
  • Red if the company has received a prohibition or an enforcement notice concerning advice

The red and yellow smileys are removed from the Danish Working Environment Service website once things have been sorted out, but they will remain for at least six months.

The Danish Working Environment Service also carries out inspections at construction sites, either unsolicited or if someone has called them. Anyone can contact the Danish Working Environment Service.

The Danish Working Environment Service can intervene in the case of hazardous or harmful conditions with guides, enforcement notices, immediate enforcement notices or prohibitions.

Find out lots more about screening and special forms for place of work assessments:
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