Dáil Éireann - Volume 610 - 22 November, 2005

Written Answers. - Health and Safety Regulations.

  384. Mr. Wall asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if a person can use his or her own home as a place of employment if his or her employer is paying all the legal payments, that is contributions, PRSI and so on for the person; if this is not permitted, the impediment which prevents same occurring, that is [1356] guidelines, legislation and so on; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35647/05]

  Mr. Killeen: There are no restrictions under the safety, health and welfare legislation on a person who uses his or her own home to work from as a place of employment. However, it is important to point out that the employer concerned has a duty under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 to ensure that the employee has a safe place of work. This duty on the employer applies irrespective of where the employee works from, that is, whether it is from the employee’s own home or elsewhere.

Guidelines, information leaflets and advice on the duties of an employer are available from the Health and Safety Authority, 10 Hogan Place, Dublin 2, the telephone helpline number for which is (01) 6147000 and website address is www.hsa.ie.