10/11/2007

Guidance for disabled people

The Brtitish Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has produced a guidance for
disabled people, featuring the message: Everyone at work is responsible for
health and safety: both employers and employees.

As an employee, you should:


  • take reasonable care of your own health and safety and the health and safety
    of anyone who might be affected by what you are doing;
  • co-operate with your employer on health and safety ­ for instance, follow
    rules, warnings or guidance;
  • inform your employer or manager if you see something that might harm you or
    someone else.

If you have a disability or long-term health condition, you may need to tell
your employer so you can:


  • meet your health and safety responsibilities;
  • work with your employer on any ‘reasonable adjustments' that may be needed;
  • work with your employer if a risk assessment is needed or if you have
    concerns about its results. If you have a safety representative, he or she may
    help. Workplace Health Connect might also help.

Your employer should:


  • assess and manage the work risks to everyone;
  • include you in any health and safety information and training;
  • involve you if they need to know whether your disability affects workplace
    health and safety and, if so, to what extent. This is so you can work together
    to find the best outcome, for instance ‘reasonable adjustments' that overcome
    risk;
  • involve others, such as specialists or your representative, if needed to
    understand the effects on workplace health and safety of your disability or
    long-term health condition;
  • ask for your consent before approaching specialists or your GP (your doctor)
    who can advise on options for workplace adjustment;
  • be sensitive and timely about making risk assessments if these are needed;
  • make other, short-term arrangements to support you when delay cannot be
    helped (for instance, if your employer is waiting for an Access to Work grant);
  • create a working environment that allows you to feel comfortable talking
    about your disability or long-term health condition;
  • finally, employers should remember our lives can never be free from risks and
    they don't need to overprotect you. They should work with you to make sure
    adjustments are a help, not a hindrance.

Further info


AplusA-online.de - Source: Health & Safety Executive