Pregnant Employee Risk Assessment Information

What is a Pregnant Employee Risk Assessment?

A Pregnant Employee Risk Assessment is a risk assessment that particularly looks at the employee and their unborn child and measures to protect both whilst at work. It is an individual assessment as every person is different and may have different tasks and variety thereby creating different risk factors.

Are Pregnant Employee Risk Assessment a legal requirement?

Pregnant Employee Risk Assessments are a legal requirement and should be undertaken as soon as the employer is told by the employee that they are pregnant.

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 6, Chapter 2, Protection of Pregnant, Post Natal and Breastfeeding Employees and the Safety,

Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 all apply.

Who should undertake Pregnant Employee Risk Assessment?

A qualified and competent person should undertake Pregnant Employee Risk Assessments.

What type of risks are assessed as part of a Pregnant Employee Risk Assessment?

General Hazards to be taken into account during Pregnant Employee Risk Assessment

  • Physical shocks - including direct blows to the abdomen
  • Vibration - of whole body, there are guidelines on vibration
  • Handling a load - there are guidelines on handling of loads
  • Noise – there are guidelines on noise
  • Excessive heat or cold
  • Movement and postures which are abrupt or severe or give rise to excessive fatigue
  • Ionising radiation
  • Non-ionising radiation
  • Biological agents – including viruses, bacteria etc.
  • Chemicals – including substances, which cause cancer, mercury, anti-cancer drugs and carbon monoxide.
  • Stress and/or bullying

Hazards specific to pregnancy to be taken into account during Pregnant Employee Risk Assessment

  • Pressurisation chambers
  • Rubella – unless adequately immunised
  • Toxoplasma
  • Lead and lead substances
  • Underground mine work
  • Certain physically demanding tasks – heavy lifting, for instance

Hazards specific to breast feeding to be taken into account during Pregnant Employee Risk Assessment

  • Lead and lead substances
  • Underground mine work

Is a rest room required for Pregnant Employees?

Regulation 24 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations, 2007 does specifically states that an employer shall ensure that pregnant, post natal and breastfeeding employees are able to lie down to rest in appropriate conditions.

Who can help prepare a Pregnant Employee Risk Assessment?

We at ADSC Ireland have vast experience undertaking Pregnant Employee Risk Assessments and would be delighted to provide a quote. To enable us provide you with a Pregnant Employee Risk Assessment quote please provide the following information.

  • Location of your premises
  • Number of employees to be assessed.
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