General Health and Safety Duties to Non-Employees

General Duties to Non-Employees


The employer has other particular general duties in the Health and Safety at Work Act where he makes non-domestic premises available for people not in his employment to use those premises as:

  • a place of work (for example, office or workshop space rented out to tenants); or
  • a place for using plant or substances provided there for their use (for example, a self-service launderette).

In such circumstances, the employer who has or shares responsibilities as a controller of those premises must take reasonable measures to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the absence of risks to health or safety to non-employees visiting the premises as regards:

  • the premises themselves;
  • the means of access and egress;
  • any plant or substance in the premises.
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