Health and Safety when working from Home

Rob Heale made this Freedom of Information request to Health and Safety Executive

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Dear Health and Safety Executive,
I am asking a number of questions relating to Health and Safety Laws and Regulations as regards working from home, given that an increasingly large proportion of people are doing work, either on a Self-Employed or contract employment basis within the home environment:-

1. What laws and Regulations apply to people who are self-employed or contract employed when working from home?
2. Are there any recommendations for Laws or Regulations for working from home?
3. What specific laws or Regulations apply as regards (a) Pay?; (b) Conditions of work?; (C) Noise?; (d) Whole Body Vibration issues?
4. If these are different from existing work related Laws and Regulations, what is the justification for that?

Yours faithfully,

Rob Heale

Health and Safety Executive

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Dear Health and Safety Executive,
Please note that this F.O.I. Request is now late. In law, the Authority should have responded by 30th October. I would be grateful if you could respond as quickly as possible to the Request for information..

Yours faithfully,

Rob Heale

Health and Safety Executive

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Dear Health and Safety Executive,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Health and Safety Executive's handling of my FOI request 'Health and Safety when working from Home'.

I do not feel that the Ministry has given me a satisfactory reply, especially since many people are now working from home, which makes these questions even more relevant and important.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/h...

Yours faithfully,

Rob Heale

Catherine Edgar left an annotation ()

As you didn't receive a response, you may now complain to the Information Commissioner rather than waiting for an internal review - https://ico.org.uk/

"However, the Commissioner does not require complainants to complete the internal review process where the complaint is that a request has not been issued. This is because, in effect, there is no decision to review. The Commissioner's usual practice is to write to the public authority and ask it to issue a substantive response within ten working days." - from my own ICO complaint.

The ICO has a general duty to investigate complaints from members of the public who believe that an authority has failed to respond correctly to a request for information.

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