Using good practice towards people with epilepsy can help your organisation to benefit most from their skills and also helps to identify any issues early to avoid more significant problems developing later in a person’s employment.
As an employer, it is important not to make assumptions about someone’s epilepsy and the impact it may have on their work. Always carry out individual risk assessments and find out from your employee how their epilepsy affects them, the type of seizures they have and the kind of support they may need.
According to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employers have a duty to make sure the health, safety and welfare of all employees is looked after at work.
Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, employers also have a responsibility to:
- Carry out assessments of risks to employees and other people that arise from their work activities.
- Make arrangements to implement any controls and precautions found necessary by the risk assessment
- Appoint one or more competent people to help apply these measures
- Provide employees with clear and understandable information about the risks arising from their work activity and any precautions to be followed
- Provide employees with sufficient health and safety training to enable them to carry out their work safely
- Work together with other employers sharing the same workplace
Working with an occupational health professional can be useful in helping to identify how an individual’s epilepsy may or may not create risk in a particular employment setting.
Find out more in our Epilepsy and Occupational Health guide. The publication explores in further detail: epilepsy; good practice; the Equality Act; privacy, confidentiality and Data Protection, and provides further useful resources.
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