Labour inspectorate to carry out more proactive inspections

26-01-22

The Welfare at Work Supervision Service has announced its annual inspection campaigns. In addition to the usual labour inspections, thematic campaigns and proactive inspections will also be conducted in 2022.


During a labour inspection, the inspector checks your company's health and safety policy for compliance with the requirements of the Welfare Act. If a shortcoming or infringement is detected, this may lead to a verbal or written recommendation, a warning or even termination of the activity.

National long-term control plan

By far the majority of labour inspections take place in response to a complaint. That is why starting this year, the federal government is releasing more funding to conduct proactive inspections. This policy change is in line with a national five-year inspection plan (abbreviated as MANCP in Dutch).

In the spring of 2022, a thematic campaign will be launched with a focus on musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace. From 2023, the focus will be on illegal labour (both permanent and temporary) and social fraud. In the future, biannual inspections will be carried out at high-risk companies.
 

Safe working during the coronavirus crisis

The labour inspectorate will also be devoting the necessary attention to proper compliance with teleworking rules and will be checking whether your company has prepared a comprehensive Covid-19 prevention policy. Such a policy should include, for instance, risk analyses on indoor air quality and contact in the workplace.

It is still mandatory – where possible – to work from home, with the exception of one day a week in the office. No more than 20% of employees who can work from home may be physically present on any one day. Do you have fewer than ten employees? In this case, no more than five of them may be physically present in the workplace at the same time.

Not sure how to best approach safe working practices during the coronavirus crisis? See our sector-based recommendations.

Campaigns for 2022

Apart from national inspections, the Welfare at Work Supervision Service is also highly committed to carrying out regional campaigns, aimed at keeping sectors aware of their responsibilities and where appropriate, supporting them in preparing an action plan.
 

Region

Sector

Theme

National level

Service vouchers

Work equipment, health protection, ergonomics

National level

Hotel and catering trade

Follow-up OiRA

National level

Construction

Tower cranes

National level

Construction

Demolition works

West Flanders

Furniture manufacturers

Hazardous products (composite materials and quartz dust)

East Flanders

Home nursing

Safety (work equipment)

Antwerp

Logistics

Hazardous products

Limburg and Flemish Brabant

Butchers

Health and Safety

Brussels

Home delivery

Ergonomics

Henegouwen

Textile industry

Health and Safety

Namur, Luxembourg, Walloon Brabant

Hospitals

Psychosocial risks

Liège

Cemeteries

Ergonomics

 


Is your company ready for inspection?

Mensura would be happy to help you prepare for a scheduled inspection. Contact us at no obligation on +32 2 549 71 00.

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