Not many employers know that you legally have to undertake a risk assessment on pregnant employees.
Let me outline three mains areas to be considered when carrying out the assessment.
Firstly, physical agents, where you will need to consider the activity undertaken by the worker. This includes things like manual handling, movement and even radiation.
Next you need to consider any chemical agents the worker may be exposed to. This would range from toxic chemicals to pesticides.
The next main thing to consider is the working conditions, taking into account the pregnant worker’s surroundings and changing requirements, for example easier access to toilet facilities and sitting for long periods.
These are just a few of the main elements to consider when doing your risk assessment. There are many risks to consider and each environment is different. So if you need any advice then give us a call.