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Belgium: Health and safety

Original and updating author: Mark Carley

Consultant editor: Thierry Viérin, Osborne Clarke

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  • Health and safety is regulated as part of a general law on workers' "wellbeing" in the performance of their work. (See General)
  • Employers and employees have various duties regarding health and safety. (See Duties on employers and employees)
  • Employers with 50 or more employees must set up a health and safety committee, and those with fewer employees must inform and consult union delegates on health and safety issues. (See Safety representatives)
  • The Wellbeing at Work Inspectorate monitors and enforces compliance with health and safety legislation. (See Enforcement and penalties)
  • Employers are obliged to make contributions in respect of their employees to insurance schemes for workplace accidents and occupational illnesses. (See Compensation for injury or illness)