Work safety explained simply. Among other things: What is actually the entrepreneur model?

Pyramide Betriebliche Arbeitssicherheit

Occupational safety is a topic that concerns every company – regardless of whether a single employee or thousands of employees work there. For smaller companies, however, there is the possibility of covering legal requirements in the area of occupational safety through the so-called “entrepreneur model”.

This variant is often considered to be simpler and not infrequently cheaper, but is this really true?

The goal of this article is to help them know how to sort your business into the right level of care and understand when the entrepreneur model makes sense for you.

You are still unsure? No problem! Contact us, we will be happy to advise you!

Basis: DGUV Regulation 2

“DGUV” stands for Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung (German Social Accident Insurance) and is an umbrella organization that bundles the concerns of commercial employers’ liability insurance associations and accident insurers. The DGUV regulation number 2, which was developed there, deals with the complex of topics “company physicians and workplace safety specialists” and thus contains exactly the information that is relevant for the entrepreneur model. Incidentally, the regulation can be viewed on the Internet and is therefore transparent for everyone.

Two types of care: basic or regular care and operational or occasion-specific support.

In work safety, a fundamental distinction is made between two types of supervision, namely basic or regular supervision and company- or event-specific supervision. This is important to understand in order to understand why a workplace safety specialist is needed and where the entrepreneurial model may be sufficient.

The person limits

To put it simply, a distinction is first made between companies with up to 10 and more than 10 employees. The next “magic limit” for companies with more than 10 employees is then the number 50: Companies with between 10 and 50 (note, in some industries already at 30!) employees can now choose the so-called entrepreneur model as an alternative to (external) regular supervision. Above 50 (or 30) employees, supervision by a workplace safety specialist is mandatory.

The specified scope of support

Basically, it should be said that occupational safety is really obligatory for every company. Just because you have not been asked about it before, or “nothing has happened” because you are doing “simple” work, such as at your desk, does not mean that there is therefore no obligation.

Arbeitssicherheit in Unternehmen bis 10 Mitarbeiter

The entrepreneur model

This model is of interest to entrepreneurs who are themselves actively involved in business operations. The prerequisite is that the entrepreneur is sensitized to the topic of occupational safety through so-called motivation and information measures, i.e. develops a good sense of when and where occupational safety is necessary and when there is a need for supervision by a company physician or a workplace safety specialist. In addition, entrepreneurs who opt for this model must regularly (at most every 5 years) participate in special training measures.


The entrepreneurial model therefore enables entrepreneurs to take over the regular supervision themselves. However, they still need a trusted occupational physician/workplace safety specialist to provide event-specific support.

Effort: Costs and time for further training of the entrepreneur at least every 5 years, time required for the evaluation of the topics in the own company, information effort about innovations in specifications.

Savings: Costs for regular supervision by an external workplace safety specialist or a corresponding service provided by the responsible employers’ liability insurance association.

Disadvantage: The entrepreneur must be personally responsible for the correctness of the measures. Support from a specialist advisor does not usually take place. This can have a negative effect when workplace conditions change, which is the rule for small, up-and-coming companies. In addition, many things have to be regularly tracked and documented, which tends to get lost in day-to-day operations.

You would like to have a contact person for occasion- or company-specific questions? Please feel free to contact us!


You want to read more about a topic here? Contact us! We look forward to your topic requests.

Maria Leitner

Maria Leitner

0211 540 142 80

Contact Form