What kind of precautions could my employer take if I am pregnant?


Online guidance from the Health and Safety Executive says that if a significant health and safety risk is identified for a new or expectant mother going beyond the normal level of risk found outside the workplace, an employer must take the following steps:

  1. Temporarily adjust working conditions and / or working hours; or 
  2. If this is not possible, offer suitable alternative work (for the same pay) if available; or
  3. If this is not possible, suspend her from work on paid leave for as long as is necessary to protect her health and safety, and that of her child.

The kind of precautions your employer should consider taking depend on the kind of work you do, but they might, for example, consider:

  • putting you on light duties if your job involves manual handling;
  • letting you sit down if your job involves standing;
  • making sure you have regular short breaks; or
  • flexible rostering so you can come in late if you suffer from morning sickness or to avoid a busy rush hour.
Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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