A company may receive a prohibition notice if there is an imminent and substantial danger to employees or others' safety and health. A prohibition notice means that all work must cease immediately and may not be resumed until it can be performed safely.
Immediate improvement notice
A company can receive an immediate improvement notice if there is a serious work health and safety issue. An immediate improvement notice means that the deficiency must be rectified immediately. Arbejdstilsynet may allow the company to employ a temporary solution until the problem can be resolved permanently.
Notice with time limit
If a company receives a notice with time limit it means it may continue working but that it must find a permanent solution before the deadline expires. Arbejdstilsynet sets the deadline and ensures that it is long enough for the company to find a satisfactory and viable solution to the problem.
Ruling without obligation to act
The company may be issued a ruling without obligation to act if it has violated health and safety legislation, but is not required to initiate actions because of the ruling. This can happen if a company has rectified a problem before the inspection is finished.
Investigation notice (§ 21 notice)
A company can receive an investigation notice if Arbejdstilsynet has a concrete suspicion that work health and safety conditions are unsatisfactory or as part of a more general investigation or ongoing monitoring of conditions in one particular industry. An investigation notice means that the company must undertake an investigation, take samples or carry out inspections to ensure that working conditions are satisfactory and in compliance.
A company can receive a consultancy notice if it receives a notice concerning a serious or complex health and safety issue that is difficult to resolve and that is covered by the Executive Order on the use of authorised consultancy firms in the occupational health and safety sector.
A company can also receive a consultancy notice if it receives a notice to investigate the psychological working environment or substitution of substances, if it receives a notice of many health and safety problems or if the notice concerns the preparation of a health and safety plan for a construction site.
A consultancy notice means that a company must use an authorised consultancy firm to assist in resolving and preventing the health and safety issue that is the subject of the notice.
Guidance from Arbejdstilsynet consists of information on health and safety regulations or recommendations for rectifying a specific health and safety issue. Arbejdstilsynet provides guidance when there is a health and safety situation at a workplace that can be improved but where there are no grounds for issuing a ruling. Guidance may be given verbally or in writing. Guidance is not legally binding.