A staff member who drives as part of his duties has informed us that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I have been requested to undertake a risk assessment to determine if he should continue to drive. Are there any specific issues I should consider?

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A staff member who drives as part of his duties has informed us that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I have been requested to undertake a risk assessment to determine if he should continue to drive. Are there any specific issues I should consider?

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disabling neurological condition and it affects individuals very differently. There are a variety of neurological symptoms that those diagnosed with MS experience, these may include:

  • difficulties with walking, eg balance issues, muscle stiffness

  • fatigue: an overwhelming sense of tiredness

  • vision problems such as blurring or double vision

  • sensory disturbances such as numbness, tingling, and pins and needles

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