Office Premises Act, 1958

Interpretation generally.

2.—(1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

“class or description”, in relation to offices, includes a group of offices described by reference to locality;

“clerical work” includes book-keeping, sorting and filing, typing, document reproduction, machine calculating, drawing, the handling of mail, telephone and telegraph operating and the handling of money;

“contravention” includes, in relation to any provision, a refusal or failure to comply with that provision, and “contravene” shall be construed accordingly;

“enforcing authority” has the meaning given to it by section 25;

“fume” includes gas or vapour;

“inspector” means an officer authorised by or under section 27 to act as an inspector for the purposes of this Act;

“maintained” means maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order, and in good repair;

“the Minister” means the Minister for Industry and Commerce;

“owner” means the person for the time being receiving the rack-rent of the premises in connection with which the word is used, whether on his own account or as agent or trustee for any other person, or who would receive the rack-rent if the premises were let at a rack-rent;

“prescribed” means prescribed by regulations made by the Minister under this Act;

“sanitary authority” means a sanitary authority within the meaning of the Local Government (Sanitary Services) Acts, 1878 to 1952;

“sanitary conveniences” includes urinals, waterclosets, earthclosets, privies, ashpits, and any similar convenience;

“welfare regulations” means regulations made under section 23.

(2) For the purposes of this Act, an apprentice shall be deemed to be a person employed.

(3) Any reference in this Act to the District Court shall be construed as a reference to the Justice of the District Court having jurisdiction in the District Court area where the office in question is situated.