Pregnant Workers and New Mothers

Employers have a duty of care to protect workers who are pregnant and new mothers. This includes:

  • Agency workers
  • Temporary Workers
  • Gig economy workers

Risk Assessment

The risk assessment should be carried out once they have informed the employer in writing that they:

  • are pregnant
  • are breastfeeding, or
  • have given birth in the last 6 months

The pregnancy risk assessment should be reviewed as the pregnancy progresses if there are any significant changes to your workers’ activity or workplace. If there is a risk that could cause harm to the worker or their child then review if the risk can be controlled. If it cannot be controlled, then the following need to be reviewed:

  • Adjust the working conditions or hours to avoid the risk.

If this cannot be achieved, then:

  • Give the worker suitable alternative work.

If this cannot be achieved, then:

  • Suspend the worker on paid leave for as long as necessary to protect their health and safety and that of their child.

iProtectU EHS provides risk assessments forms and templates for managers to complete an assessment. Easily create assessments, templates, save drafts, review completed forms, schedule reviews and much more with our fully integrated risk software.

For further information about our risk module please click here.

New and Expectant Mothers Training

iProtectU EHS provides simple and effective training resources in both video and pdf formats. Our training includes new and expectant mothers training for managers.

For more information about our training module please click here.

iProtectU EHS software is fully compliant to international requirements. Risk Assessments are supported by International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) approved training. https://www.iirsm.org/