Is there an European Union law that defines the minimum office space a desk employee (i.e. people that use a desk and computer) should have ?

I found some laws in Germany and UK, but nothing at EU-level. Are there any EU rules / minimum requirements for this ?

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    What about this?
    – rath
    May 31, 2017 at 8:51
  • That page references some annexes that are not there.
    – Overmind
    May 31, 2017 at 9:01
  • Best thing I could find is this: eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/… (Article 15) but it does not state any minimum requirements.
    – Overmind
    May 31, 2017 at 9:03
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    I believe this shouldn't need a lawyer to answer so shouldn't be closed as legal advice, however it has had one vote for that. The meta states this on legal advice, However, you may find you'll get a better response over at the Law stack exchange
    – Draken
    May 31, 2017 at 9:45
  • @Draken such question may be answerable from a HR, it makes it on topic so. An HR would have to know the minimum space, however it may not bother if it comes from EU or his country.
    – Walfrat
    May 31, 2017 at 11:13

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The EU regulation 1989/654/EEC Annex 1 states this:

  1. Room dimensions and air space in rooms — freedom of movement at the workstation

    • (15.1) Workrooms must have sufficient surface area, height and air space to allow workers to perform their work without risk to their safety, health or well-being.

    • (15.2) The dimensions of the free unoccupied area at the workstation must be calculated to allow workers sufficient freedom of movement to perform their work. If this is not possible for reasons specific to the ►C1 workstation ◄, the worker must be provided with sufficient freedom of movement near his workstation

So it's all very vague which allows independent countries (Or even companies) to be able to define what is considered sufficient freedom of movement to perform their work

The EU generally does this on purpose so to not enforce specificities, but allow each country to define it's own definition of the rule:

A regulation shall have general application. It shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.


So to answer your question, no the EU regulation does not define a minimum size for an office space. It just implies it should be suitable for the work being carried out in that space.


No EU regulations are devolved to countries to implement eg TUPE is quite different from country to country - you would need to check locally in the country concerned.


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