Carry out a new mother risk assessment

Key points

  • Employers are required to make a general assessment of the risks to the health and safety of their employees while at work, including risks to the health and safety of a new or expectant mother if there are women of childbearing age in the workforce and the work is of a kind that could involve such a risk.
  • In certain circumstances, an employer has a specific duty to carry out a risk assessment in relation to an individual employee who is a new mother.
  • The employer should consider all aspects of the work and record any risks that it identifies, including physical risks, risks from biological and chemical agents, and risks arising from working conditions.

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