A recent appeal judgment clarifies when an employer should assess the risks for a pregnant worker, reports Howard Fidderman
A model young person risk assessment form to use before employing a young person and when reviewing a risk assessment where there are young persons in the workforce.
Howard Fidderman looks at Egan v Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals NHS Trust - an important Court of Appeal decision on reducing manual handling risks.
The Court of Appeal decision in Egan v Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals NHS Trust drew attention to the distinction - in the context of the 1992 manual handling Regulations - between an employer's duty to carry out a health and safety risk assessment and the separate requirement that risks be reduced to the lowest level reasonably practicable, irrespective of whether a risk assessment has been carried out.
In Stevenson v JM Skinner & Co EAT/0584/07, the EAT held that an employer complied with its statutory duty to carry out a risk assessment in relation to a pregnant employee when it addressed her concerns at meetings with her and, taking account of all the circumstances, evaluated and agreed the relevant risks.
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