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Activity 12: Awareness of everyday hazards

Activity 12 is defined in regulations as - 

Awareness of everyday hazards (such as boiling water or sharp objects).

Activity 12 assesses the ability to recognise risks from common hazards. A descriptor may be satisfied if there is a lack of understanding and insight that something is dangerous, or there is an impaired ability to recognise that a situation will present a potential hazard.


Descriptors

The descriptors that relate to Activity 12 are - 

  1. Reduced awareness of everyday hazards leads to a significant risk of: (i) injury to self or others; or (ii) damage to property or possessions, such that the claimant requires supervision for the majority of the time to maintain safety. 15 points
  2. Reduced awareness of everyday hazards leads to a significant risk of: (i) injury to self or others; or (ii) damage to property or possessions, such that the claimant frequently requires supervision to maintain safety. 9 points
  3. Reduced awareness of everyday hazards leads to a significant risk of: (i) injury to self or others; or (ii) damage to property or possessions, such that the claimant occasionally requires supervision to maintain safety. 6 points
  4. None of the above applies. 0 points

Sources:

  • Part 2 of Schedule 2 to the Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2008 (SI.No.794/2008)  (applies to income-related and contributory ESA in a universal credit live service area).
  • Part 2 of Schedule 2 to the Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2013 (SI.No.379/2013) (applies to contributory ESA in a universal credit full service area).
  • Part 2 of Schedule 6 to the Universal Credit Regulations 2013 (SI.No.376/2013) (applies to universal credit).

See also section 3.5.3 of the DWP’s Work Capability Assessment handbook: for healthcare professionals.


Case law

The Upper Tribunal is yet to publish any significant case law in relation to Activity 12.