July 2012 Archive

Guide to risk assessments for new and expectant mothers

Employers are obliged to look after the health and safety of all of their employees and carry out general workplace risk assessments. In addition, pregnant women and new mothers in the workplace have special health and safety protection derived from the EU Pregnant Workers Directive. If an employer fails to undertake a risk assessment, the employee will be able to claim damages for breach of statutory duty and the employer may be prosecuted under criminal law. This guide looks at when general or individual assessments are required, what should be considered when carrying out risk assessments, reviewing assessments and risk avoidance.
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