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Top tips for working with epilepsy

Created:

4 July 2017

Working with epilepsy

Our channel marketing manager, Carl Charlesworth, gives some helpful tips for people with epilepsy who are already working or are starting work.

Negotiating the world of work can be tricky for many of us, but it can be even trickier if you have epilepsy. If you have epilepsy and you work, you're about to start work or you're thinking of getting back into work, read our top tips below.

Tip 1 - Telling people about your epilepsy

Remember, you don’t have to tell an employer about your epilepsy but for employers to be able to meet health and safety regulations, they need to know whether their employees have any medical conditions that could affect their work.

If your employer knows about your epilepsy they can consider making adjustments to your work or environment for you and organising epilepsy awareness training. If your colleagues know about your epilepsy they can also help if you do have a seizure in the office. 

Tip 2 - Find out how the law affects you

Before you start working anywhere make sure you understand your rights and the responsibilities of your employer to your health and safety. 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. However, if you don't tell them about your epilepsy, you cannot hold them responsible for not making adjustments for you.

People with epilepsy are also covered by the Equality Act which aims to protect people against disability discrimination in the workplace. Because Epilepsy is a physical, long-term condition,  people with epilepsy are protected under the Equality Act, even if their seizures are controlled or if they don’t consider themselves to be ‘disabled’.

Tip 3 - Help is available

There's organisations out there ready to help you with any questions or issues you have around work. Here's a few of them:

Top tips for working with epilepsy

If you have any other questions around working with epilepsy please email us enquiries@epilepsysociety.org.uk

Find out more about the The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Equality Act

You can also find further information on work and employment on our website, including types of jobs and information for employers.