Working environment regulations

The external document structure of the Danish Working Environment Authority distinguishes between documents of a legal nature and documents of an informative nature. Documents of a legal nature include Acts, Executive Orders and WEA Guidelines:

Acts

The Danish Working Environment Act encompasses work performed in Danish territory, including loading and unloading of ships and shipyard work aboard ships.      

The Offshore Safety Act regulates safety of offshore installations, the working environment on the installations and other health conditions. 

Consolidation Act concerning posting of workers etc. The act is relevant for foreign enterprises posting workers to Denmark in order to provide services as well as foreign enterprises providing services in Denmark without posting workers.

Executive Orders

The Act is implemented through Executive Orders. Executive Orders are binding on citizens and any violation of the rules is therefore subject to legal sanctions.

WEA Guidelines

WEA Guidelines describe how the regulations laid down in Danish working environment legislation are to be interpreted. WEA Guidelines are not, in themselves, binding on citizens; they are, however, based on regulations (Acts and Executive Orders) that are binding. The Danish Working Environment Authority will take no further action in situations where an enterprise, for example, has acted in accordance with the relevant WEA Guidelines. The old WEA publications (i.e. WEA (previously WES) Guidelines/WEA (previously WES) Information Notices) will be superseded by WEA Guidelines. There will be a transitional period during which certain ”old” WEA publications will still be applicable (i.e. WEA (WES) Guidelines/WEA (WES) Information Notices). The “old” publications, like the WEA Guidelines, describe how to comply with working environment legislation. Eventually, these older publications will all be superseded by WEA Guidelines.