Risk Assessments - People with Disabilities

Risk Assessments - People with Disabilities


All employees need to know how to work safely without risk to their health. As mentioned in previous blogs, employers have a legal duty to provide the appropriate information, instruction, training and supervision. This also includes employees with disabilities and a duty under the Equality Act 2010 requires employers to make reasonable adjustments to the workplace for them.

If there are 5 or more employees, regardless of ability, employers should already have risk assessments documented as is a legal requirement. These will need reviewing to take into account people with disabilities and will help identify where adjustments are needed. Remember, these could also include people with temporary disabilities such as following an operation or accident.

The review may include changing the way things are done (the processes), making changes to overcome physical barriers (replacing handles, changing access and evacuation routes, etc.), or providing extra equipment. Changes do not need to cost a great deal of money. In fact, many adjustments and alterations can be low or no cost.

In other workplace environments, such as retail, the risk assessments should also take into account requirements of customers/members of the public.


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Northern Accountants

Sarah and the team at Quest have provided us HR support since January 2013.

Quest Consulting Services provided us with a comprehensive employment structure with contacts and a handbook and have been on hand to help me deal with the occasional issue I have faced with team members through their telephone support service.

As our personal Consultant, Sarah provides a quality, professional and complete service which is great value for money.

Northern Accountants

Off Limits Corporate Events

Sarah has transformed our HR and has introduced systems that have taken lots of hassle away from staffing issues within our company.

We have worked with Sarah and her team for 5 years and in this time our business has grown considerably. With telephone support available for all our Managers as they need it plus Sarah and her team proactively keeping us updated on changes in legislation we are reassured that we are in safe hands.

The HR software that Quest implemented also helps us keep on top of the routine aspects of HR such as holiday bookings, recording absence, holding personnel records which then allows Sarah and her team easy access to give us relevant advice.

Our Managers have also benefited from workshops run by Sarah to help develop their skills on handling issues such as disciplinary, appraisals, recruitment etc….

The support of Quest is invaluable and provides a much more cost effective solution than employing a HR Manager in house.

Off Limits Corporate Events

10 Associates

Why would anybody NOT have Sarah working 'alongside' their business?

I've known Sarah for many years and she's always been there for me and the business when her wealth of knowledge has been called upon.

We have used Sarah and her team to handle our contracts, handbook and Health & Safety and they are readily available on the telephone when needed or on site at our premises.

Highly recommended.

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