Pregnant Women Occupational Health Screening
Occupational Healthcare Services across the United Kingdom
Employers have a legal responsibility to protect their female employees from hazards and risks in the workplace and to assess possible risks to new and expectant mothers. If risks are identified then the new or expectant mother is entitled to a change in working conditions, be offered suitable alternative work, or if that's not possible suspended from work on full paid leave for as long as necessary. We can provide an assessment of the pregnant woman and her working environment to find a suitable arrangement for a working environment anywhere in the United Kingdom.
Pregnancy is not an illness, but working conditions normally considered acceptable may no longer be so during pregnancy and breastfeeding. In many workplaces, there are risks which may affect the health and safety of new and expectant mothers and that of their child. In most cases, pregnancy goes undetected for the first 4-6 weeks. There are specific laws which require employers to protect the health and safety of new and expectant mothers.
A new and expectant mother is defined as someone who:
- is pregnant
- has given birth (including stillbirth) within the last six months
- is breastfeeding
The Legal Requirements
‘The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations’ 1999 (MHSW) require employers to assess risks to all employees and to do what is reasonably practicable to control those risks. This applies to all employers of any size.
- identify hazards in their workplace that could pose a health and safety risk to new and expectant mothers and take appropriate action to remove or reduce the risk. They must make this information known to all their female employees of childbearing age, not just those who have informed them they are pregnant.
- carry out a personal risk assessment for a new or expectant mother when they have received notice in writing that they are pregnant, are breastfeeding or have given birth in the last six months.
- be based on the initial assessment
- take account of any medical advice their doctor or other health professional has provided eg by letter or on a Med 3 form
- be carried out with the help of the woman and if appropriate, her union representative
- be monitored and reviewed on a regular basis.
An employer may request, in writing, a certificate from a registered medical practitioner or midwife, confirming the pregnancy