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Health and safety of specific vulnerable people


  • The law requires employers to assess the risks to all employees including vulnerable groups. (See Vulnerable people overview)
  • Greater legal protection is given to young persons because they may lack experience or awareness of potential risks, or be immature. (See Children and young persons)
  • Where the work could involve risk to the health and safety of a new or expectant mother, or to that of their baby, the employer must carry out an assessment of that risk. (See Protection of women in relation to pregnancy or maternity)
  • Employers must make reasonably practicable adjustments for the benefit of all employees with a level of ill health or a disability with health and safety implications. (See Disabled persons)
  • Night workers are given additional protection under the Working Time Regulations 1998 (SI 1998/1833). (See Night workers)
  • Most health and safety regulations apply to homeworkers as well as to employees working at an employer's premises. (See Homeworkers)
  • An employer must take a number of factors into consideration when deciding if a lone worker can work safely. (See Lone workers)
  • Employers must provide temporary workers with specific health and safety-related information). (See Temporary workers)