In 1994 the Dutch Working Conditions Law was changed on several important aspects, caused partly by the need to implement the risk assessment requirements of the European Community. According to the adjusted national law, every employer should identify and assess all work related hazards in his company.
The safety and health policy of an enterprise should be based on a risk inventory and evaluation. A common sense approach should prevail, which is also directed at taking structural measures. Simple problems, especially in small enterprises, do not require complex, time consuming methods according to the legislator. The new legal requirements have led to a renewed interest in older, existing methods and instruments to identify and evaluate risks