Employers have legal requirements to safeguard the health and safety of pregnant workers and new mothers.
• the requirement to carry out a risk assessment and take preventive action
• suspension from work on maternity grounds
• facilities and breastfeeding
• impact of pregnancy and new motherhood on work
According to recent Government figures approximately 350,000 pregnant women are at work every year and 240,000 return to work within a year of giving birth.
Safe and healthy working conditions are vital for men, as well as women, when couples are trying to conceive. A workplace that is safe for pregnant workers and new mothers should be safer for everybody. You can use health and safety law to negotiate better working conditions and at the same time encourage a gender-sensitive approach to workplace health and safety to ensure equal rights to protection for all members.
These regulations set out the legal requirements for the risk assessment of hazards in the workplace. They make special provisions for women who:
• are pregnant
• have recently given birth (in the last six months)
• have had a stillborn baby after 24 weeks of pregnancy
Not complying with these regulations means that the employer could potentially face both a criminal prosecution and a civil claim.
Please click on the links below to find out what you can do to support women affected by pregnancy in the workplace
Women’s Health and Safety at Work Toolkit
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