Health & Safety Department

Pregnancy

Guidance and advice for staff who are new or expectant mothers.

Legal requirements

There is a legal requirement to assess the risks specific to new and expectant mothers.

Definition

"new or expectant mother"
The Health and Safety Executive define "new or expectant mother" as an employee who is pregnant, who has given birth within the previous six months, or who is breastfeeding.

Risk Assessments

The University has a robust system in place to ensure Schools carry out risk assessments and these assessments should already highlight any risks (biological, chemical or physical) specific to women of child bearing age and to pregnant women. The majority of health and safety issues relating to women of child bearing age and to pregnant women should therefore already be addressed by good health and safety management procedures.

When a woman notifies her School that she is pregnant, or has given birth in the previous six months, the School must review all the applicable risk assessments to ensure that she is not at any additional risk, taking into account factors specific to the individual.

The responsibility to ensure this is carried out is noted within the University's Maternity Policy (effective June 2019), available from Human Resources.

Risk Assessment forms

The Health and Safety Department provide tools to assist Schools, etc to carry out risk assessments of work activities on our website detailing the University's system of interlinking (template) self-inspection checklists, generic risk assessments and (model) risk assessment forms.

The University has put together a model risk assessment form for new and expectant mothers which can be modified by Schools and individuals as appropriate. Individuals and/ or Schools may of course prefer to use an alternative risk assessment form if they prefer.

Work related pregnancy guidance

General health and safety guidance for staff whilst pregnant is also available.

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