Human Resources

Health Conditions

There are a number of different health conditions which can have an effect on the way that day to day activities are carried out, for example:

  • Cancer

  • Heart disease

  • Diabetes

  • Epilepsy

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Muscular Dystrophy

Risk Assessment

The University is legally obliged to assess the risks of all its activities in respect of the safety, health and welfare of its members of staff, students and visitors.   Additional control measures may need to be implemented to enable a safe and healthy environment.    


Disability under the Equality Act 2010 includes:

  • A progressive condition including HIV, cancer or multiple sclerosis

  • A physical or mental impairment where that impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse affect on their ability to perform normal day-to-day activities (Substantial means more than trivial or minor.  Long term impairment is defined as lasting more than 12 months, is likely to last 12 months or more, has ceased to have substantial effect but is likely to recur). 

Whenever a declaration of such a condition is made by a member of staff, the line manager should carry out a risk assessment in consultation with the relevant employee and identify reasonable adjustments to enable that member of staff to work safely and not to put themselvs or others at risk. 

Reasonable Adjustments

These might include:

  • Training

  • Physical adjustments to furniture or modifying equipment

  • Signage e.g. braille

  • Ramps for wheelchair access

  • Altering working hours

  • Relocation to a more suitable area of the workplace

  • Transfer to another vacancy

The actual adjustments required will depend on the findings of the risk assessment and what are considered to be reasonable.  Further advice can be obtained from the Equality and Diversity Manager, Human Resources or the University Health, Safety & Environment Service.