The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority is a governmental agency under the Ministry of Labour, focused on occupational safety and health.
The Labour Inspection Authority has approximately 600 employees and consists of a central office - the Directorate, seven regional offices and 16 local offices throughout the country. The Directorate in Trondheim regulates the agency's overall strategy, programmes and information. The district offices guide and supervise individual enterprises in local communities.
Contact the Directorate at:
Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority, Arbeidstilsynet
Postboks 4720 Sluppen
Telephone: (+47) 73 19 97 00
Fax: (+47) 73 19 97 01
Laws and regulations are the foundation of all the Labour Inspection Authority's activities. We have administrative, supervisory and information responsibilities in connection with the following acts:
The Working Environment Act applies to all land-based operations with employees.
The employer is responsible for complying with the requirements of the act, and for ensuring that the enterprise maintains a healthy and safe working environment. These responsibilities are explained and reinforced by the regulations relating to internal control.
The Act can be downloaded as a pdf-document from the column to the right.
Consequences of violating the Working Environment Act
In dealing with enterprises that do not comply with the requirements of the Working Environment Act, the Labour Inspection Authority may respond with:
Systematic Health, Environmental and Safety Activities in Enterprises - Internal Control Regulations
These regulations require enterprises to have written objectives in relation to health, environment and safety activities. Roles and responsibilities regarding health and safety issues must be clarified. Risk analysis and assessment must be carried out, and plans of action made and carried out according to assessments.
The person responsible for the enterprise must ensure that internal control is introduced and performed in the enterprise and that this is done in collaboration with the employees and their representatives.
The Internal Control Regulations (including comments) can be downloaded as a pdf-document from the column to the right. Please note that there have been made minor changes in these regulations after the translation was made.
The agency's overall objective is a healthy working environment for all, safe and secure employment conditions and meaningful work for the individual.
The Labour Inspection Authority encourages enterprises to work systematically towards compliance with the working environment laws and regulations.
The Labour Inspection Authority oversees that enterprises comply with the requirements of the Working Environment Act. Supervision will mainly be aimed at enterprises with the poorest working conditions, where there is little willingness to correct problems and where the agency's efforts will have the greatest effect. This is done by: