The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 states that employers must ‘ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare at work of all employees’.
All employers regardless of the size of the business are required by law to carry out a risk assessment at their place of work and to keep a written record of that assessment.
Risk Assessment is simply looking closely at what in your place of work or about your work activities could cause harm to your employees and visitors to your workplace and determining the control measures you can implement to minimise the risk.
Your risk assessment should take account of any particular risks for staff with disabilities. Identify if there are any particular hazards or risks for staff with different conditions such as:
- Restricted mobility;
- Limited dexterity;
- Impaired vision;
- Impaired hearing;
- Limited understanding;
- Health conditions such as heart problems, epilepsy or asthma.