Disability and Covid risk assessment

‘I’m disabled. Am I entitled to a Covid-19 risk assessment?’ 

Sian Caulfield
Sian Caulfield is the CSP’s national officer for equality and diversity

Yes. Here’s what you need to know. We know that disabled people are more vulnerable to Covid-19 than non-disabled people.

If you recognise as being disabled, you are protected by the Equality Act 2010. 

Having a disability is defined by the act as ‘someone who has a mental or physical impairment which has a substantial and long-term impact (12 months or more) on your ability to do day-to-day activities.’

But what does this mean for you and your job? Employers have a particular duty to look after the safety of their disabled staff during the pandemic. 

As a disabled person, you have the right not to be directly or indirectly discriminated against at work. 

You also have the right to reasonable adjustments by way of a risk assessment. 

What does a Covid-19 risk assessment look like?

A risk assessment will

  • Identify what work activity or situations might cause transmission of the virus
  • Consider who could be at risk
  • Decide how likely it is that someone could be exposed
  • Act to remove the activity or situation, or if this isn’t possible, control the risk

Examples of a reasonable adjustment following a Covid-19 risk assessment could be:

  • organising your workload to allow you to work from home as much as possible
  • staggering your start time so you travel when public transport is less busy.

Have a query about risk assessments?

  • Any CSP member can refer to the updated for 2020 Equality & Diversity toolkit
  • Call the CSP enquiry line 0207 306 6681 who will be able to direct you the relevant team for advice
  • Contact your local CSP steward
  • Sian Caulfield is the CSP’s national officer for equality and diversity

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