Labor Inspection: There are still many violations of infection control rules at Norwegian workplaces

Trude VollheimPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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So far this year, the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority has uncovered breaches of the infection control rules in around 30% of its inspections of various workplaces.

One or more violations were discovered in 30% of the 5,600 inspections, newspaper VG writes. But the breaches are less serious now than in the first part of 2021.

In 81 of the cases, business activities were stopped with immediate effect due to the risk of infection spread. The vast majority of these, 63 of the cases, were violations of the regulations for accommodation.

“Stopping business activities is the most effective tool we have in the short term, and it has, for example, been used when we have identified employees, who should have been quarantined in private rooms, living with others,” director Trude Vollheim of the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority noted.

So far, the Inspection has decided to impose fees in 31 cases. According to Vollheim, the fees range from NOK 50,000 to NOK 1,100,000, depending on the risk of infection and the company’s financial situation.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayFinance

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