Protecting pregnant workers and new mothers

The following advice from Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has changed and you must now carry out an individual risk assessment for pregnant workers and new mothers. There will be little practical change as you must already consider risks to women of childbearing age in your general risk assessment.

The difference is that you must also carry out an individual risk assessment that covers a worker’s specific needs when they inform you in writing that they:

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

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