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New scheme for company health services (BHT)

New/amended regulations have been adopted for company health services (BHT). The amendments take effect on 1 January 2010.


The text of the regulations is available in its entirety here: Regulations requiring enterprises in certain branches to have an approved company health service (link to lovdata.no)

The changes comprise the following:

1. The Branch Regulations' provisions concerning which sectors must have company health services has been expanded with eight new branches/sectors.

2. An approval system will be introduced for the company health services in the branches that are required to have such an arrangement.

Consequences for the enterprises that are obliged to have an approved BHT:

Status as of 11 September 2009:
The Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion (AID) has stipulated new regulations relating to employers' use of approved company health services, and approval of company health services (the BHT Regulations). The regulations enter into force on 1 January 2010.

Consequences for BHT suppliers to the obligated enterprises:
Those who offer BHT to the obligated enterprises shall apply to the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority for approval. The approval office is currently being established in Skien, and is expected to be in operation from 1 January 2010.

The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority will draw up an application form to be used when applying for approval. The form is expected to be ready during the fall, and more information will be available here regarding what type of documentation must be submitted in connection with the application for approval.

Conditions for securing approval:
To secure approval, the company health service must:

In special cases, a company health service where the professional staff is equivalent to two full-time equivalents, can nevertheless be approved if it can be documented that the company health service has a collaboration with relevant sources of expertise that cover the missing disciplines.

The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority can stipulate the conditions it deems necessary in connection with approval decisions.

The approval lasts for five years.

When the conditions have been met, the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority will grant approval for a period of five years.

The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority can withdraw the approval if the conditions are no longer fulfilled, or if they are not fulfilled by a specific deadline.

BHTs that do not meet the requirements for approval must present a plan for how they will fulfil the requirements within three years after the regulations take effect.

The upcoming BHT scheme will enter into force on 1 January 2010.

The text of the regulations is available in its entirety here: Regulations requiring enterprises in certain branches to have an approved company health service (link to lovdata.no)

 

Contact information:
Roar Andersen, principal engineer

Email: roar.andersen@ptil.no