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pregnant staff
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Pregnant staff

Pregnant staff 

There are specific risks and hazards present in the working environment that may affect women that are either pregnant or of childbearing age.

Managing the risks

To help you identify the hazards and appropriate ways of controlling them, use our example Risk Assessment - Pregnant Staff document.  It covers the generic hazards associated with pregnancy and suggests control measures to reduce the risks to an acceptable level.

You should ensure that your document only addresses “significant” hazards, i.e. any that could and more importantly are likely to, cause an accident or injury.

Make your instructions clear

Don’t include activities in your document that simply don’t need to be there.  Work to the principle that if there is any chance of pregnant staff being unaware of the safe way of doing something, then you will need to make it clear on your document. Finally, always ensure any control measures you identify and follow only go so far “as is reasonably practicable”.  

Note. The list of potential hazards is not exhaustive, as you know your workplace and staff better than we do. However, for your risk assessment to be considered suitable and sufficient in the eyes of the law it must accurately reflect the “significant” hazards found in your workplace. 

 

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