I had to attend a back to work fitness with OH department. My school had asked the OH dept for the borough to do it. They did inform me that they were going to do this and I was fine about it.
The meet was this wednesday gone (yesterday) and I have been cleared to go back to work starting on the 23rd Jan after about 10 wks of work on a phased return lasting a month.
Well the OH has recommended that I get a new chair with lumbar and hand support, an allocated parking space near the entrance to the school once I start driving to work again, a lighter lap top, a trolley to pull my papers, supplies etc around. I work on one floor only, rather than be expected to work across the whole school complex, as there is no lifts. She (OH), also gave me a work to access form, to contact them, for further assisstance, which I will do sometime next wk. She also stipulated that I must be given time of to see my consultant, rather than expected to do all my appts. in my time of.
Well you could imagine my works, in particular the head face. They received the report this afternoon about 4ish. I have been contacted by email twice - that I have a meet with head and head of dept. monday and now they have gone into overdrive I also must have a risk assessment with a H&S officer also. After doing nothing, now they are are interested in helping. The OH also reminded the school that they had a dutry of care under the equality act to do the necessary adjustments, that she the OH has recommended.
I have no doubt that all and more will be implemented, and I am glad that I personally did not have to go and ask for the above to be done (well I did ask for the laptop, but nothing came of this). But it just goes to show, that they were quiet happy to do nothing until they are made to do something.
Wish me luck as I now have to have the patient as I will be over helped just to save their faces!
Take care all