Supporting staff with a health condition or disability: guidance and risk assessments

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

Last reviewed on 25 January 2024
School types: All · School phases: All
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Contents
  1. Support staff who have a health condition or disability 
  2. You have a duty to consult about health and safety issues 
  3. You don’t need a separate risk assessment for individual staff 
  4. Assess any risks specified in fit notes 
  5. Have a conversation with your staff
  6. 4 steps to help you move forward after the conversation

Support staff who have a health condition or disability 

Often, staff won't disclose a long-term health condition or disability if they're worried about being discriminated against. 

Take steps to make your school a welcoming and accessible place, such as:

You have a duty to consult about health and safety issues 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) explains this here. Although this guidance is about