Does your RI&E comply with the guidelines according to the law?
Once you have made an inventory, assessed the risks to your company and have drawn up an Action Plan, it is important to have your RI&E reviewed. The law makes it mandatory, in most cases, for you to have your RI&E reviewed by a certified occupational health and safety service/specialist. The review is carried out by means of a visit to the workplace. During the visit, the specialist will check whether all the risks are included in your inventory, whether the situation of the company is described properly and whether the latest standards and guidelines have been followed. The specialist will also give recommendations on your Action Plan. If you do not have a contract with an occupational health and safety service, there is a list of certified occupational health and safety services at www.rie.nl.
A review is not always necessary!
There are some exceptions to this review obligation. An exemption from the review obligation depends on the size of your company and the type of RI&E instrument you use to compile your RI&E. The flow chart “must my RI&E be reviewed” in the info flyer “What you everybody should know about the RI&E” will help you decide whether you have an obligation to have your RI&E reviewed once you have compiled it.
Approval and inspection
The RI&E and the Action Plan should also be sent to the Works Council (OR) or the Employee Representative Body (PVT). They must approve the RI&E and the Action Plan. Of course, if there isn’t any works council or employee representative body, you are not obliged to follow that procedure. Nonetheless, the Dutch Working Conditions Act prescribes that employees must be allowed to see the RI&E if they want (the right of inspection). It is therefore a good idea to distribute the RI&E and the Action Plan to your staff, so that everyone is aware of the risks and how those risks are being dealt with.