A new toolkit aims to help employers tackle any health and safety concerns they may have when employing someone with epilepsy, says Claudia Christie.

Would you know how to discuss health and safety at work with a colleague who has epilepsy? Would you, or any other staff members, know what to do if they had a seizure? How do you communicate disabilities, or ‘invisible’ conditions such as epilepsy, to the rest of your team?

Epilepsy is one of the most common serious neurological conditions in the UK, affecting one in 100 people. But there are gaps in understanding, as well as age-old stigma, which can influence how people are treated at work — if they even get into work at all.

National charity Epilepsy Action recently launched a new toolkit for employers to support staff with epilepsy and to improve understanding in the workplace. It includes templates to provide support, assess risks and talk about epilepsy. The aim is to promote open dialogue, so that an employee can explain their condition and an employer can give confident, tailored support and make reasonable adjustments. The toolkit also describes a range of different seizure types, along with practical first-aid videos explaining what to do if someone has a seizure — see: https://employers.epilepsy.org.uk/

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