Under Luxembourg law, employers are required to implement all the necessary measures to ensure protection of the safety and health of their employees. To do so, employers must appoint at least one specially trained employee - the designated worker.
Designated workers are responsible for activities to prevent professional risks and provide protection in the workplace. All designated workers must have the required qualifications, experience and training to carry out their duties for 12 months following their appointment.
The number of designated workers in each company and the time that must be made available to them depend on the number of employees in the company, the number of any jobs that pose a risk, and the company's size and sector of activity.
Companies are divided into groups (A, B, C, D, E, F, G) and sub-groups that determine, inter alia, the qualifications required of their designated workers and the corresponding training.
Training courses for designated workers are organised, depending on the sector concerned, by:
- the House of Training;
- the Chamber of Trades (Chambres des Métiers);
- the Institute of Sector-Specific Building Training (Institut de Formation Sectoriel du Bâtiment - IFSB)
If the designated worker does not fulfil the requirements regarding training, the employer must:
- enrol him/her for appropriate training (at the company's expense);
- allow him/her training leave.