Vulnerable workers - Welfare at work - Healthy Working Lives

Welfare at work

Understand your legal duties to your employees at work

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​You have a duty to ensure the welfare of your employees at work. Providing a safe and healthy environment will also help to motivate your workforce.

Use the links below to find information and resources on ways to ensure your employees' welfare at work as well as your legal duties relating to this.

  1. Workplace temperature
  2. Workspace
  3. Workplace facilities
  4. Work environment
  5. Vulnerable workers
  6. Legal duties for welfare at work

5. Vulnerable workers

New and expectant mothers

You need to provide facilities for pregnant workers, or new mothers, to rest. When needed you also need to provide facilities for them to lie down. 

You can find out more information on what you must consider if you have any new or expectant mothers in your workplace on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.

Visit the HSE site for guidance on employees who are new or expectant mothers

People with disabilities 

You need to ensure that people with disabilities can access your buildings and be able to use the facilities within. To guarantee this you may have to make some changes to the premises, such as doors, passageways, stairs, showers, washbasins, lavatories or workstations. 

Visit the HSE site for guidance on health and safety for disabled people