New HSE Guidance available
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), if disabled people and those with long-term health conditions were to get more support from employers it would help them to succeed in the workplace. As a result of this, the HSE has produced guidelines that set out what employers can do to support these staff members.
Available on the HSE website, the guidelines stress the importance of making sure workplaces are accessible, that staff communication is clear and inclusive and that appropriate occupational health support is available.
An estimated 149.3 million working days were lost because of sickness or injury in the UK in 2021, equivalent to 4.6 days per worker.
The guidance aims to help employers retain talent at a time when many businesses are struggling to fill vacancies and aims to help employees thrive and perform at their best in the workplace, aiding their understanding of what they might expect from, and should discuss with, their employers.
The guidance focuses on early and supportive action that employers should take, outlines employers’ responsibilities and preventative steps they can take to help people stay in work and be a productive team member.