If you are planning to have a child, we encourage you to find out what any potential risks are early so that we can put the necessary control measures to protect you in place.
Most of you will be working in low-hazard environments, but some of you may be carrying out work that puts you at greater risk of harm if you are pregnant. For example, you may be working with substances or agents that are hazardous to an unborn child, or carrying out physically demanding work.
If you have concerns about health risks associated with your work, you can contact Occupational Health for advice.
The ‘risk assessment guidance for new and expectant mothers at work’ (below) sets out the kinds of work activities that can be hazardous to pregnant workers or their unborn or breastfeeding child.
If the nature of your role and responsibilities puts you at risk of harm you should talk to your reporting manager at the earliest opportunity and go through the risk assessment together. This will enable the measures necessary to protect you to be in place as early as possible.
Specific health concerns about your pregnancy
If you have an underlying health condition, or your doctor has a particular health concern relating to your pregnancy, you should contact Occupational Health who may advise that you ask your reporting manager to refer you to them.
You should do this at the earliest opportunity so that we can take appropriate steps to safeguard you and your unborn child. You will need to provide the Occupational Health Adviser with a copy of your risk assessment (if available), your job description and details of any medical advice your doctor has provided e.g. on the Med 3 or MAT B1 form.
Notifying your manager
Discussions around your pregnancy/planned pregnancy should normally take place with your reporting manager. If you would rather, you can talk to the Employee Relations Adviser for your department/section in the first instance and they will facilitate the necessary discussion with your reporting manager.