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2.—(1) In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires—
“new workplace” means a workplace used for the first time as a workplace after31st December 1992;
“public road” means (in England and Wales) a highway maintainable at public expense within the meaning of section 329 of the Highways Act 1980(1) and (in Scotland) a public road within the meaning assigned to that term by section 151 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984(2);
“traffic route” means a route for pedestrian traffic, vehicles or both and includes any stairs, staircase, fixed ladder, doorway, gateway, loading bay or ramp;
“workplace” means, subject to paragraph (2), 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—
any place within the premises to which such person has access while at work; and
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;
but shall not include a modification, an extension or a conversion of any of the above until such modification, extension or conversion is completed.
(2) Any reference in these Regulations, except in paragraph (1), to a modification, an extension or a conversion is a reference, as the case may be, to a modification, an extension or a conversion of a workplace started after 31st December 1992.
(3) Any requirement that anything done or provided in pursuance of these Regulations shall be suitable shall be construed to include a requirement that it is suitable for any person in respect of whom such thing is so done or provided.
(4) Any reference in these Regulations to—
(a)a numbered regulation or Schedule is a reference to the regulation in or Schedule to these Regulations so numbered; and
(b)a numbered paragraph is a reference to the paragraph so numbered in the regulation in which the reference appears.
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