Working conditions catalogue

The Dutch Working Conditions Act gives sector organizations the freedom to jointly draw up a sector-level working conditions catalogue (arbocatalogus). It describes instruments, methods and solutions for the most important work-related health risks in the sector. By drawing up a working conditions catalogue themselves, employers and employees have a greater influence on the enforcement policies of the Dutch Labour Inspectorate. The Association of Universities of the Netherlands (VSNU), consisting of all fourteen Dutch universities, and the employees' organizations have been working on a university working conditions catalogue since 2007. This catalogue is divided into nine subcatalogues:

  • Psychosocial workload (PSA)
  • Complaints of Arm, Neck and/or Shoulder (CANS)
  • Hazardous substances
  • Emergency assistance (bedrijfshulpverlening, BHV)
  • Information, training & supervision (VO&T)
  • Hazard identification and risk assessment (RI&E)
  • Laboratory animal allergy

You can find the Dutch-language working conditions catalogue (Dutch only) on the VSNU website.