Employers and employees are jointly responsible for safe and healthy work. The Dutch system is characterised by an emphasis on social dialogue.

Dutch health and safety policy focuses not only on industrial accidents and occupational diseases, but also on general absenteeism and illness.

Full details of health and safety rules are set out in the Working Conditions Decree 1997, as amended. English translations of these laws are available, but may not be entirely accurate.

Employers' Duties

An employer is defined as a party on whose behalf another person is required to perform work in accordance with a contract of employment or appointment under public law.

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