Comparative study of legislation and legal practices in the Nordic countries concerning labour inspection

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The objective of this study was to find out how legislation and legal practices concerning labour inspections differ in the Nordic countries. To accomplish this, individual eports on each Nordic country were made. Three areas concerning labour inspection were investigated in each report: An examination on how labour inspection is administered in order to gain an insight into how labour inspection is governed in each country. Secondly, the scope of legislation concerning labour inspection was examined to establish whether the Labour Inspection Authorities in the Nordic countries are expected to enforce only legislation concerning occupational safety and health, working conditions in general, or whether the Authorities have been additionally entrusted other duties, e.g. enforcement with the terms and conditions of employment of workers. Furthermore, it was also examined to whom the legislation applies and the content of the provisions of the legislation. Finally, the follow-up systems of the labour inspection legislation were examined.



Report on Denmark

The Danish Working Environment Act (Arbejdsmiljøloven) consolidated Act No. 1072 of 7 September 2010 (hereafter the AML) covers rules about the working environment in Denmark. The aim of the AML is to create a safe and healthy working environment, which at all times is in accordance with technical and social developments in society. Furthermore, the AML is intended to create the basis for enterprises themselves to solve problems related to safety and health issues with guidance from the social partners and guidance and inspections from the Labour Inspection Authority. The main areas of the legislation are performance of the work, the design of the workplace, technical equipment, substances and materials, rest periods and young persons under the age of 18. The AML is supplemented by Executive Orders which further describe how the purpose of the AML can be achieved.


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