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Small adjustments - big benefits

All staff benefit from improved working conditions and a commitment to health and safety.

Risk assessment

Guidance is available in the HSE guide 'Five steps to risk assessment' on the HSE website www.

Good Practice

Health and safety

By making sure that any physical requirements of the job are clearly specified during recruitment and interviewing, all applicants will be aware of what is needed and their suitability. Employers may introduce testing but this should be for all applicants, regardless of age.

Poor workplace design and inflexible working practices prevent staff from being fully effective, not age.

Capability to work

Age is not an indication of capability and does not determine an employee's physical ability to do a job. Physical incapacity at any age is a legitimate reason to terminate an employment contract, but age cannot be used as a reason to determine an employee's fitness to do a job.

Employers can encourage older workers to apply for employment or continue working by:

Risk assessment must be related to the job, not to the age of the employee.