Over the coming weeks we will be busting some myths. People with accessibility needs are quite often discriminated against based on incorrect information. We will be seeking to educate people about their true value, one myth a week.
Myth #1 – Disabled people are too much of a health and safety risk
Myth: People with disabilities are too much of a health and safety risk.
Fact: Employees with disabilities have less health and safety incidents than their peers.
“Disabled employees often have fewer health and safety issues than non-disabled workers. This is because in managing their impairment from the start, the employer and the employee will have developed strategies to address the health and safety risks. Whether your employee is disabled or not, your approach to health and safety should remain the same.” – Business.govt.nz
We believe it is even more than this. As people, those who have an accessibility need are managing risks daily, they become experts at it and they bring those expertise to the workplace. Many companies have reported better health and safety outcomes by having them onboard as they share their experience/expertise with the greater team.