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§ 14 Use of the Norwegian language

The Norwegian language shall be used in the activities to the extent possible. Other languages can be used if necessary or practical to carry out the activities, provided this does not compromise safety.
Section last changed: 01 January 2011

Regardless of whether the basis for the provision is the use of the Norwegian language, the requirement for using the Norwegian language is not absolute. It is evident from the provision that other languages can be used if necessary or suitable for carrying out the activities, provided this does not compromise safety.
The provision entails that written material such as procedures and manuals as a point of departure shall be in Norwegian. In the event this is not considered appropriate, and provided this does not compromise safety, which the employer shall be able to document, such documents need not be translated into Norwegian.
Requirements are also set for use of the Norwegian language in certain special areas, such as in Section 5-4, first subsection litera e and Section 5-5, fourth subsection of the Working Environment Act. These are requirements directed towards manufacturers, suppliers and importers of machinery and other work equipment, and manufacturers and importers of chemicals and biological materials. Reference is also made to Section 4-5, fourth subsection of the Working Environment Act.