Throughout the pandemic, we've been using your experiences to campaign to make work safer for people with diabetes.
For example, thanks to pressure from various groups, including our campaigning work, many more people with diabetes were added to the shielding list in England. This meant that many people most at risk of serious illness from coronavirus found it easier to stay out of harm's way.
We understand that this can still be an uncertain time for many, that’s why we’re continuing to ensure that those living with diabetes are kept safe at work.
Things you should know:
- The Covid-19 safety guidance for workplaces has been replaced with more general public health advice on respiratory illness, except for settings that work directly with the Covid-19 virus-like laboratories
- However, employers still have duties to comply with health and safety welfare regulations including a requirement to provide a workplace with fresh air or an alternative method for providing clean and healthy air if fresh air is not possible
- Employers should also share any risk assessments and consult their employees on any changes that may impact their health and safety
- Disability law like the Equality Act 2010 may also be able to support you. People with diabetes are considered in a clinical risk group for Covid-19 and can discuss making reasonable adjustments with employees such as changing work patterns that keep them safe and healthy at work, though this will vary based on individual circumstances
Find out more about how we can support you, your rights and managing your diabetes at work.