Creating a fairer Britain
The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.
What is important is whether you are able to lift, carry or move everyday objects over a reasonable period of time, or repeat these activities. Everyday objects include bags of shopping; briefcases; overnight bags; chairs or other light piece of furniture; kettles; or books.
Having a substantial adverse effect might mean being unable to carry objects that were not very heavy with one hand or having difficulty carrying a loaded tray steadily.
If you are unable to carry heavy luggage without help or move heavy objects without an aid such as a trolley, it is unlikely that this will be considered a substantial adverse effect