HSE issue new advice for protecting pregnant workers and new mothers

The Health & Safety Executives advice has changed and you must carry out an individual risk assessment for pregnant workers and new mothers.

Being pregnant or having a baby is an exciting time, but it can also be challenging, especially when it comes to continuing work.

Employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of their employees, and this includes pregnant mothers. Pregnant workers are entitled to a specific risk assessment that takes into account their unique needs.

This assessment must be carried out once the worker has informed the employer in writing of their pregnancy. The risk assessment must cover the duration of the pregnancy, as well as the return to work after the birth. Employers must also take into account the needs of breastfeeding mothers.

By taking these steps, employers can ensure that pregnant and breastfeeding workers are protected from risks at work such as ergonomic concerns, working hours, exposure to harmful substances and consideration should also be given to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as this is often not designed for pregnant workers.

For further information the updated Health & Safety Executive advice can be found here

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