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Health and safety law

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 says that employers are responsible for making sure that all their employees are safe at work and are protected from possible dangers to their health.

This includes making sure that the job and the work environment are safe and has no health risks. Employees are also responsible for their own safety at work, and the safety of their work colleagues.

It is an employer’s duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees. 

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Whether someone's with epilepsy is affected by this legislation will depend on the type of work they do, whether they have seizures, what their seizures are like and how often they happen.

See also equality law and disability discrimination.

Information produced: March 2017

Work and employment

Having epilepsy does not necessarily stop someone from doing the job they want, but there are some issues which can affect them at work. Whether someone’s epilepsy affects their work depends on whether they have seizures, what their seizures are like and how often these happen.

Sport and leisure

To live full and active lives, and look after our physical and emotional wellbeing, we all need time to rest, relax and exercise. How we spend our leisure time is important and individual to us all, whether or not we have epilepsy.

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Information produced: March 2017