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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