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NEW AND EXPECTANT MOTHERS

Managers must assess the risks to the health and safety of females of child-bearing age, pregnant women, new mothers and women who are breastfeeding.

Risks: The risks fall into four main categories:Physical, Biological, Chemical and Working environment

Definition: A new or expectant mother is a woman who is pregnant, has given birth within the last six months or is breastfeeding. ‘Given birth’ is defined as having ‘delivered a living child or, after 24 weeks of pregnancy, a stillborn child’.

WHAT WORKERS SHOULD DO
WHAT MANAGERS SHOULD DO

Make sure your manager tells you if the assessment for your work identifies any risks to women of childbearing age

You must ensure that risk assessments for any of the work for which you are responsible includes any specific risks to females of childbearing age

Ensure that female workers are aware of these specific risks

Let your manager know as soon as possible that you may be pregnant so that a review of the risk assessment for your work can be carried out

NB This does not constitute formal notification of pregnancy as detailed in UCLs Maternity Policy

As soon as you are informed that a female worker may be pregnant review the existing risk assessment and consider any risks to the health and safety of the expectant mother, or that of her unborn child

NB This does not constitute formal notification of pregnancy as detailed in UCLs Maternity Policy

In order to protect your unborn child you must comply with any changes to the way you carryout your work that your manager has discussed with you

If the risk cannot be removed, reduced or controlled then you must take the following action:

Action 1 - Temporarily adjust the individuals working conditions and/or hours of work; or if that is not possible

Action 2 - Offer the individual suitable alternative work (at the same rate of pay) if available, or if that is not feasible;

Action 3 - Suspend the individual from work on paid leave for as long as necessary, to protect her health and safety, and that of her unborn child

 

Tools

Training

The law

FAQs

 

 

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Frequently asked questions

USEFUL LINKS

UCL:

Restrooms for new and expectant mothers

Advice for students who become pregnant during their course of study

Human Resources arrangements for new and expectant mothers

Breastfeeding on return to work

HSE:

New and expectant mothers

Chemical Risk and Safety Phrases

ACDP:

INFECTION RISKS to new and expectant mothers
in the workplace


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