Pregnancy Risk Assessments

Keeping your staff safe and comfortable throughout their whole pregnancy.

What is a pregnancy risk assessment?

A pregnancy risk assessment is for expectant mothers who work predominantly in an office-based role, however, other tasks and risks can be assessed.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advises that ‘women can safely work with display screen equipment (DSE) when pregnant. Scientific studies have not shown any link between miscarriages or birth defects and working with DSE.’

However, working conditions could present a risk to the mother and/or child at different stages. As the pregnancy progresses, it may affect the following:

  • Dexterity
  • Agility
  • Coordination
  • Speed of movement
  • Reach

It is therefore recommended to regularly review the workstation as the pregnancy progresses, as symptoms may change, or if there are any significant changes to their activity or workplace.

It will also assist the employer in meeting its obligations that are documented in the Health & Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 as amended by the Health & Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002.

What does a pregnancy risk assessment look at?

  • Pregnancy and general health
  • Job demands and tasks
  • DSE equipment available (i.e. screen(s), keyboard, mouse, desk, chair)
  • Sitting and standing for long periods
  • Lifting and carrying heavy goods
  • Exposure to harmful substances
  • Sub-optimal working conditions (i.e. long hours, work-related stress, noise, temperature)
  • Risk of physical injury (i.e. working at height, lone working, exposure to vibration)
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Recommendations

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