Welfare at work

Information on the legal requirements when employing vulnerable workers

Vulnerable workers

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.

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.

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.