What does ‘sociale hygiëne’ (social responsibility) mean?
Definition of social responsibility (sociale hygiëne)
In dutch: sociale hygiene oefentoets
The purpose of social responsibility?
People’s conviviality and relaxation often go hand in hand with food and drink. Too much alcohol can cause long-term damage, including physical complaints and social problems. To prevent this from happening, the Dutch ‘Drank- en Horecawet’ (Licensing and Catering Act) exists. This law sets requirements for the knowledge of the manager in the field of social responsibility.
Social responsibility is a mandatory aid for responsible alcohol dispensing (Mandatory for manager).
Values and standards
A value is what someone strives for. This can be for example: being honest, being sweet and caring, sharing materials or not smoking. In principle, each individual has, in principle, his own values and can shape and determine them himself.
The ‘Drank- en Horecawet’ states that a manager of a company where alcohol is served or sold has the following obligations:
What is a manager? (Article 1 ‘Drank- en horecawet’)
Requirements for the manager or employee of the hotel and catering establishments and off-licences,
A manager must be registered in the ‘Register Sociale Hygiëne’ (Social Responsibility Register) (Article 8.3 of the ‘Drank- en horecawet’).
At least one manager must be present during opening hours (Article 24.1a ‘Drank- en horecawet’). Please note that this manager must also be included in the annexe to the ‘Drank- en Horecavergunning’ (Licence under the Licensing and Catering Act 2013). This licence is issued by a municipality.
No person under the age of 16 is allowed to work at a location where alcoholic beverages are served. (Article
It is forbidden to sell alcohol to young people under the age of 18.
In annexe A of this summary you will find the legal texts of the ‘Drank- en horecawet’.
‘Arbeidsomstandighedenwet’ (occupational health and safety law
Paracommercial legal entities
The employer is obliged to ensure a safe and healthy workplace with good lighting, ventilation of the workspaces that remain within the standards of noise exposure. In addition, he provides clear instructions, coaching, training and prevention of stress and other negative factors such as violence, sexual harassment.
Responsibilities of managers
It follows from the ‘Arbowet’ (Working Conditions Act) (including Article 8) that a manager has the following responsibilities:
Ad1) Providing information (to employees).
Many managers have a short talk before work (briefing) about what is planned that day during work and what everyone should pay attention to. If necessary, a short consultation can also take place after work (debriefing). In the debriefing it can be discussed whether the work went according to the procedures , what went well and what the improvement points are.
1.4 The hotel, restaurant and café industry and the business formula
Types of establishments
The Dutch word ‘horeca’ means: hotel, restaurant and/or café. The hotel, restaurant and café industry can be divided into three types.
1) Establishments that provide accommodation