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Danish Focal Point of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

The Danish Working Environment Authority coordinates cooperation with the European Agency for Safety and Health and Work and operates under the auspices of the Danish Ministry of Employment. It is responsible for ensuring compliance with occupational health and safety legislation which applies in respect of all occupations in Denmark. However, there are certain sectors for which regulation and enforcement thereof have been devolved to other authorities:

  • The Danish Energy Agency is responsible for supervision of off-shore installations.
  • The Danish Maritime Authority is responsible for supervision of shipping.
  • The Danish Civil Aviation Administration is responsible for supervision in the aviation sector.

The Working Environment Authority helps to ensure a safe, healthy and constantly improving working environment through effective supervision, appropriate regulation and information. If the Authority finds that occupational health and safety legislation is being flouted there are various sanctions it may impose. The Authority also drafts orders and instructions, in cooperation with labour market partners. Its headquarters are in Copenhagen, as are two of its six centres.

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