As a manager what specific risk should I be looking for if an employee is a new or expectant mother?

All workplace risk assessment(s) completed must specifically consider any risks to the health and safety of a new or expectant mother, or that of her baby. Possible risks include:

Physical agents

- Movements and postures

- Manual handling

- Shocks and vibrations

- Noise

- Radiation (ionising and non-ionising)

- Compressed air and diving

- Underground mining work

Biological agents

- Infectious diseases

Chemical agents

- Toxic chemicals

- Mercury

- Antimitotic (cytotoxic) drugs

- Pesticides

- Carbon monoxide

- Lead

Working conditions

- Facilities (including rest rooms)

- Mental and physical fatigue, working hours

- Stress (including post-natal depression)

- Passive smoking

- Temperature

- Working with visual display units (VDUs)

- Working alone

- Working at height

- Travelling

- Violence

- Personal protective equipment

- Nutrition

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