Protecting pregnant workers and new mothers

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The Health & Safety Executives’ advice has changed for pregnant workers and new mothers and an individual risk assessment must now be carried out.

Employers are responsible for providing a safe working environment while effectively managing risks to the health and safety of all workers, including women of a childbearing age.

You must carry out an individual risk assessment for pregnant workers and new mothers. This applies to workers who:

  • are pregnant;
  • have given birth in the last 6 months; or
  • are currently breastfeeding.

HSE said this guidance applies to all new and expectant mothers.

HSE said: “It’s important for employers to support them all equally. The legal protections outlined also apply to some transgender men, non-binary people and people with variations in sex characteristics, or who are intersex.

“Once a worker has informed you in writing that they are pregnant, you must complete an individual risk assessment and make any necessary changes to support them.”

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