Why is it important for an employer to keep the risk assessment for a pregnant employee under review?
As pregnancy progresses, the employee's health and physical condition will alter and so will the potential risk factors. For example, at the outset of pregnancy an employee may be able to lift a certain weight without any risks to her health or to her developing baby, but at later stages of pregnancy the amount that she can safely carry will change. By conducting regular risk assessments, and taking into account advice from the employee's GP or midwife, the employer will be able to identify any new risk factors and take appropriate protective or preventative measures.
If the employer fails to review the individual risk assessment, and there are identifiable risks where protective or preventative measures should have been taken, it could face a claim for discrimination because of pregnancy or maternity, for failing to safeguard health and safety.