Your duty to make reasonable adjustment for staff with disabilities
Nearly one in five people of working age in Great Britain has a disability but only about half of these people are in work.
The Equality Act 2010 aims to protect disabled people and prevent disability discrimination. Employers are required to make reasonable adjustments to jobs and workplaces for disabled workers. This is to ensure disabled people have equal opportunities in applying for and staying in work.
The Act defines a person as disabled if they "have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities." It is impossible to list all the physical, medical, cognitive, sensory and mental health impairments that could be covered by the Act. Anyway it’s not the impairment itself but the effect of the impairment that matters.
"Reasonable adjustments’ could include modifications to a schedule, a job or the work environment or adaptations to equipment or providing assistance possibly through technology. Many of these adjustments don’t cost much but you need to know what is ‘reasonable".
Workable Solutions’ Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists have a proven track record of providing specialist support for disabled people. We carry out an assessment, establish the needs of your employee and assist you in the implementation of the ‘reasonable adjustments’.
Mrs AL has Fibromyalgia, a widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder. She was uncomfortable sitting at her desk at work. She got very tired and she found the noisy office very distracting. We were able to make immediate adjustments to her workstation that improved her comfort. Some reorganisation of her working time helped to reduce her fatigue and a quieter area was found where she could do some of her work.
Dorset Primary School Teacher Mrs SR had a long history of back pain that had necessitated time off work. Sitting on low chairs designed for small children was aggravating her symptoms as was standing for long periods in front of her class and in assembly and bending to get equipment out of low cupboards. Following a thorough assessment of her needs we recommended alternative style seating that would enable her to maintain healthier sitting postures, adjustments to her computer work area and support and assistance with particularly difficult activities.
Mr TN in Hampshire has Ankylosing Spondylitis. When his symptoms were bad he had difficulties using the stairs to access the disabled toilet on the ground floor. As the upstairs toilet was standard height he had difficulties sitting down and standing up. As a result of our assessment fold-away grab bars were fitted on both sides of the toilet enabling him to remain independent.