02/04/2003

New guidance to help pregnant women at work

New guidance, to help protect the health and safety of new or expectant mothers
at work, has been published by the British Health and Safety Executive (HSE),
supported by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) and the Maternity
Alliance. A guide for new and expectant mothers who work, aims to answer some of
the questions employees may have about continuing to work while pregnant and
returning to work after the birth. New and Expectant Mothers at Work - A guide
for health professionals, highlights the importance of health professionals’
role in helping to protect these women.

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.

The guide is available to download from the HSE website at:
www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg373hp.pdf

Further Information


AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)