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Diversity in the workplace

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Factors like race, gender, disability, age and work pattern may affect people's health and safety in the workplace - and sometimes health and safety is used as a false excuse to justify discriminating against certain groups of workers.

New law in force

The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010 and replaces all existing equality law. For more information on the Equality Act 2010 please see the Equality and Human Rights (EHRC) website

View the EHRC website

Vulnerable employees

It's important to take account of diversity and involve people when assessing risk and managing health and safety.

Advice for vulnerable workers

What HSE is doing about diversity at work?

HSE is committed to protecting workplace health, safety and welfare for everyone, whatever their race, gender, disability, age, work pattern, sexual orientation, transgender, religion or beliefs. Find out more

More about what HSE is doing

Strategy for workplace health and safety

HSE wants to see health and safety as a cornerstone of a civilised society and, with that, to achieve a record of workplace health and safety that leads the world.

View the strategy website

Updated 2013-08-27