Staff with medical conditions: guidance on assessing risks

You don't need a separate risk assessment for staff with medical conditions. Find out how to take their needs into account when reviewing your existing risk assessments.

Last reviewed on 2 February 2022
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Contents
  1. You have a duty to consult employees about health and safety issues 
  2. You don’t need a separate risk assessment for staff with medical conditions 
  3. Assess any risks specified in doctors’ notes 
  4. Have a conversation with the employee
  5. 4 steps to help you move forward after the conversation

You have a duty to consult employees about health and safety issues 

This is because they’re likely to have a good idea of how to keep themselves and others safe, given their day-to-day understanding of the job. 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) explains this here

See the last 2 sections of this article for guidance on how to have a conversation with staff with a medical condition, and how to move forward after that. 

You don’t need a separate risk assessment for staff with medical conditions 

Assess staff members’ conditions on a case-by-case basis, rather than having specific risk assessments for different conditions. This is because medical conditions can vary a lot from person