The Equality Act 2010 provides protection for individuals or groups who have characteristics which make them more susceptible to discrimination.These are now called ‘protected characteristics’ and include age, disability, ethnicity, religion/belief, gender/gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity/paternity.

Disability (new definition and changes)

The Act has made it easier for a person with a long term health problem to show that they are disabled and protected from disability discrimination. Under the Act, a person is considered to be disabled if they have a physical or mental health impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities, for example, using a telephone, reading a book or travelling by public transport.

Disability at Work

If you feel that you have a physical or mental impairment that may fall within this definition and you are having problems associated with it in the workplace, please discuss with your manager or contact Occupational Health or your Human Resources Adviser.

If you have a disability which means you may need special assistance in evacuating the workplace in an emergency, you may need a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan. Please contact Michelle Dawson, Fire Safety & PEEP Adviser to discuss this.