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What are our health and safety obligations to employees working off-site?

Q: What are our heath and safety obligations to an employee who is working at a client’s office?

A: The definition of workplace in health and safety legislation is broad enough to encompass any place where a person employed by you performs work, whether or not this is on your premises.

Accordingly, you should ensure that risks to health and safety are reduced so far as practical. This may involve you doing a check of the premises or asking your employee to regularly check in with you and to raise any issues they may have.

The client will also owe your employee a duty to provide a safe workplace.

Please note: The answer is correct at the time of publishing. Be aware that laws may change over time. Refer to Health and safety in the workplace for current advice.

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