Last edited 30 Oct 2020

Workplace definition

The term ‘workplace’ refers to a place made available to an employee for the purposes of carrying out work. This includes a wide variety of places, such as offices, factories, farms, shops, and so on, indeed, in the age of digital technology, a workplace can be realistically anywhere with an internet and phone connection.

A study by the Office for National Statistics in June 2014, found that the UK had 4.2m people who worked from home (13.9% of the working population).

However, despite this, the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations, define a workplace as:

‘any premises or part of premises which are not domestic premises and are made available to any person as a place of work, and includes –

(a) any place within the premises to which such person has access while at work; and

(b) any room, lobby, corridor, staircase, road or other place used as a means of access to or egress from that place of work or where facilities are provided for use in connection with the place of work other than a public road.’

See also: Place of work.

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