10 Top Tips For Supporting an Employee With Epilepsy

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27 Mar 2018

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Epilepsy affects around 600,000 UK people, with many living with the condition likely to be classed as disabled, as they are prone to seizures.

Epilepsy Awareness Day was on March 26, so to help highlight what employers must do to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for people with epilepsy, we’ve put together these 10 Top Tips. 1) Gain Knowledge: Speak to the affected employee and find out about how they manage their condition, medication requirements and any side-affects, frequency and warning signs of seizures, and any associated musculoskeletal issues. 2) Find Out About Triggers: If you know what triggers their seizures you can make adjustments to your workplace like temperature, light, stress and computer screens. 3) Understand the Nature of Seizures: This will inform you about providing a safe place for the employee to recover. Find out about recovery time and when/ if medical staff are needed to manage the situation. 4) Care Plan: You should have a care plan is place so you know exactly what to do in the event of a seizure at work. 5) Allocate Storage Space: You can use this space to store items that maybe needed before and after they have a seizure, such as their care plan, a pillow, blanket and medications. A key should be provided to the line manager and first aiders. 6) Organise Their Environment: Working hours, tasks and the pace of work should all be evaluated to ensure lone working is avoided, driving isn’t required, breaks are given and there is at least one first aider on site at all times. 7) DSE Assessment: You must provide the right equipment such as an LCD screen, a supportive padded chair, wireless headset and a workspace free from hazards. 8) Safety in the Workplace: Ensure their safety. Ideas include introducing a buddy system, reducing the need for them to use the stairs and inform people about their condition and what to do in an emergency. 9) Easy Toilet Access: An accessible loo often provides more space and can reduce the risk of injury. A toilet with a pull cord alarm and a door that can be opened from the outside is ideal. 10) Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP): Complete this plan which details the nearest fire exit route, assistance they will need to get to the fire exit, how they will get down any stairs, whether an evacuation chair is needed and assistance with getting them to the assembly point.

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