The workplace risk assessment, in Danish Arbejdspladsvurdering (APV), is tool for assessing the physical and psychosocial working environment in your workplace. Its purpose is to ensure a safe and healthy workplace.
If there are problems with the working environment at your workplace, a workplace assessment ("APV") is your opportunity to tell your workplace about the problem. That's why it's crucial that as many people as possible participate in the data collection and that you fill it out thoroughly and preferably as specifically as possible
You can also use the APV to let management know if there is something you think is going really well and that you need to continue or do even more of.
The health and safety organisation at the workplace is responsible for drawing up and implementing the APV.
Employees must be involved in the process of the APV. There is freedom of method as to how the company conducts their WPA, so it varies from company to company. But it can be done via a questionnaire, at a department meeting or with more dialogue-based methods.
There are no rules for which questions you need to answer in a company APV. The only requirement for a APV is that management produces a summarised, written product that is accessible to you as an employee.
Once the data has been collected, your employer must summarise the workplace assessment in writing.
If the APV shows that there are issues that need to be addressed in relation to the working environment at your workplace, the employer is obliged to draw up an action plan for how they will improve the conditions that affect the physical and psychological working environment. It is your right to be able to go to work without getting sick or with threats to your health and well-being.
The written summary of the workplace assessment must document that the company has been through four phases.
You can find industry-specific online tools and forms that can be used to prepare the workplace assessment at Arbejdstilsynet.
As an employee, you have the right to access the results of previous workplace assessments.
If you're unsure where you can view the results of a APV, ask your health and safety representative.
There is freedom of method when it comes to the workplace assessment (WPA). Therefore, your response may not be anonymous, although this is very often the case.
If you are unsure, you can ask your line manager or health and safety representative about whether your workplace assessment is anonymous.
You and your colleagues are usually required to participate in a WPA once a year, but it should happen at least every 3 years.
If you want to influence the questions in the WPA at your workplace and the follow-up on the WPA, talk to your manager or your health and safety representative.