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Norwegian Labor Inspection threatens with strict covid-19 reactions

Authority states that they will prioritize infection control and import infection in Norwegian workplaces.

Authority states that they will prioritize infection control and import infection.

In an article in Byggeindustrien 24.11.2020, Director in the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority states that the Authority now will prioritize control of infection control and import infection in Norwegian workplaces. Violations of the regulations will be met with severe reactions.

Among those who can expect more frequent visits from the audit are the fishing industry, shipyards, car care and construction sites. These stand out as industries with a high risk of imported infection.

Vollheim says that the Authority will now prioritize these, industries, and the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority is now sending their inspectors out to check that infection control is properly taken care of in Norwegian workplaces. Infection control in connection with the ongoing corona pandemic will from now on be checked in all planned inspections.

What will be checked?

Employers who are now being checked will be asked whether they have mapped and risk assessed the risk of spreading the coronavirus, and whether they have prepared a plan for and / or implemented measures to remove or reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

In addition, the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority will check whether the accommodation is justifiable with regard to infection control in the enterprises where this is relevant. All employers must ensure that the employees' infection control is taken care of, and that they have procedrues for control and information that are easy accessible and that are being practiced in the business' day-to-day operation.

Coercive fine

Since this summer, the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority has checked compliance with the covid-19 regulations in more than 300 inspections, most of them in accommodation and catering. The Authority has issued 121 decisions on orders, and seven of these have been followed up with coercive fines because the orders have not been complied with within set deadlines.

KPMG Comment

It seems clear that those who break the regulations on infection control will now have short deadlines to implement measures to prevent the spread of infection, and we advise that all employers ensure that they are updated on the latest guidelines and regulations, and that they are able to present a well-documented internal control procedure with evidence that the process is being followed.

Please see our artcle: https://home.kpmg/no/nb/home/nyheter-og-innsikt/2020/10/stricter-quarantine-regulations-for-foreign-employees-arriving-in-norway.html, where you can find further links to more information.