The Fehmarn Belt participants should be aware of the fact that non-compliance with the strict Danish mandatory working environment legislation may result in huge fines and injunctions from the Danish authorities.
Some trades and functions require that the employee or the employer applies for approval of the employee's qualifications and documentation for the job.
It is not allowed to work within the following areas or trades if the employee has not obtained official Danish mandatory training or if the employee's qualifications from abroad have not been approved by the Danish Working Environment Authority:
- Work with asbestos
- Work with asphalt materials
- Work with epoxy and isocyanates
- Work with styrene
- Work at natural gas plants
- Lift service engineers
- Boiler attendants
- Crane drivers, forklift truck drivers and operators of telescope loaders and forklift stackers
- Refrigeration engineers
- Scaffolding work
- Welding work
- Work as a coordinator of health and safety work in building and construction
To have qualifications from abroad approved, the employee or the employer must submit an application to:
The Danish Working Environment Authority
Kontor for Vidensgrundlag
P.O. Box 1228
DK-0900 Copenhagen C
If the Danish Working Environment Authority approves the employee's qualifications from abroad, an approval letter is issued to the employee/employer.
You can read more about the mandatory rules on www.at.dk – the official website of the Danish Working Environment Authority.
Working environment and safety are highly prioritised by the Danish labour unions and employers' associations. To assist, to help understand and follow the rules on the building sites, the labour unions and the employers' associations work closely together and run the project Byggeriets Arbejdsmiljøbus (the bam-bus project) – www.bam-bus.dk (Working environment bus for construction). The environment experts provide advice and assistance free of charge at the building sites to assist the companies in following the rules and avoiding non-compliance and accidents.
As a part of the bam-bus project, you can also find information on the Danish working environment legislation on the following websites:
For further information please contace The Danish Construction Association, +45 72 16 00 00, www.danskbyggeri.dk or Julie Gerdes, Head of KPMG's employment and labour law department, +45 73 23 34 03, firstname.lastname@example.org