Occupational Health Services (OHS)


Occupational Health Services (OHS)

by ecovisnorway

by ecovisnorway

From 1 January 2023, the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority changes the regulations that describe how the employer must use the occupational health service (BHT). It is pointed out that businesses with an order to be connected to a BHT must use the BHT especially in relation to the risk conditions in the industry.

All employers are required to be affiliated with an authorized occupational health services provider if risk factors warrant this. Enterprises within the following industry classifications must be affiliated with the occupational health service approved by the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority.

Industry codeMain group or subgroup where only parts of the main group are included
02Forestry and forestry services
0303.2 Aquaculture
05Mining of coal and lignite
07Mining of iron ores
08Other mining and quarrying
0909.9 Support activities for other mining and quarrying
10Manufacture of food products
11Manufacture of beverages
12Manufacture of tobacco products
13Manufacture of textiles
14Manufacture of wearing apparel
15Manufacture of leather and related products
16Manufacture of wood and products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials, except furniture
17Manufacture of paper and paper products
1818.1 Printing and reproduction of recorded media
19Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products
20Chemicals, chemical products
22Rubber and plastic products
23Other non-metal mineral products
24Basic metals
25Fabricated metal prod.
2626.1 Manufacture of electronic comp./boards
26.2 Manufacture of computers and peripheral equipment
26.3 Manufacture of communication equipment
26.4 Manufacture of consumer electronics
26.51 Manufacture of instruments and appliances for measuring, testing and navigation
26.6 Manufacture of irradiation, electromedical and electrotherapeutic equipment
26.7 Manufacture of optical instruments and photographic equipment
26.8 Manufacture of magnetic and optical media
27Manufacture of optical instruments and photographic equipment
28Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
29Produksjon av motorvogner og tilhengere
3030.1 Building of ships and boats
30.200 Manufacture of railway locomotives and rolling stock
30.300 Manufacture of air and spacecraft and related machinery
30.400 Manufacture of military fighting machinery
30.910 Manufacture of motorcycles
30.920 Manufacture of bicycles and invalid carriages
30.990 Manufacture of other transport equipment n.e.c.
31Manufacture of furniture
3232.300 Manufacture of sports goods
32.400 Manufacture of games and toys
32.500 Manufacturer of medical and dental instruments and supplies
32.990 Other manufacturing n.e.c.
3333.110 Repair of fabricated metal products
33.120 Repair of machinery
33.130 Repair of electronic and optical equipment
33.140 Repair of electrical equipment
33.150 Repair and maintenance of ships and boats
33.160 Repair and maintenance of aircraft and spacecraft
33.170 Repair and maintenance of other of transport equipment
33.190 Repair of other equipment
33.200 Installation of industrial machinery and equipment
35Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
36Water collection, treatment and supply
38Waste collection, treatment and disposal activities, materials recovery
39Remediation activities and other waste management services
4141.2 Construction of buildings
42Civil engineering
43Specialized construction activities
4545.2 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles, excluding motorcycles45.403 Maintenance and repair of motorcycles
4646.77 Wholesale of waste and scrap
49Land transport and transport via pipelines
5252.21 Other services incidental to land transport
52.221 Operation of harbors of plants52.223 Offshore supply terminal
52.229 Other services incidental to water transportation
52.23 Other services incidental to air transport
52.24 Cargo handling
53Postal and courier activities
5555.1 Hotels and similar accommodation
5656.101 Operation of cafes and restaurants
56.290 Other food services
56.3 Beverage serving activities
75Veterinary services
7777.1 Rental and leasing of motor vehicles
8080.1 Private security services
80.2 Services related to security services
8181.2 Cleaning activities
8484.23 Justice and judicial activities
84.24 Public order and safety activities
84.25 Fire service activities
86Human health activities
87Residential care activities
88Social work activities without accommodation
9595.230 Repair of footwear and leather goods. Applies to rubber and plastic footwear
95.240 Repair of furniture and home furnishings
95.290 Repair of other household goods and goods for personal use. Applies to goods made of rubber and plastic
9696.01 Laundry and dry cleaning
96.02 Hairdressing and other beauty care. Applies only to hairdressing.

There are primarily two ways for a company to become affiliated with an OHS provider:

  • External supplier or joint scheme

It is common for small and medium-sized businesses to make an agreement with an external authorized occupational health services provider. It is important to choose an authorized occupational health services provider with expertise that is relevant for the work you do and the challenges you face.

Please contact ECOVIS, we can help you to engage with an authorized OHS provider.

  • Company scheme

Some large companies establish their own internal occupational health services within the company. Companies that are required to use an authorized OHS require the approval of the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority for this type of company scheme. It is important here that the occupational health services are independent and impartial.

Regardless of the form of affiliation, the services provider must be approved by the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority and have the expertise and capacity required by the company.