Pregnant worker risk assessment
Our pregnant worker risk assessments help employers to ensure that their working conditions do not put a pregnant worker or their baby’s health at risk.
We educate the expectant mother and their employer about potential risks that they may be exposed to and advise on how to reduce them to ensure that they have an ergonomically safe environment to work in until maternity leave.
Hormonal changes in pregnant women will affect their ligaments, increasing susceptibility to strain and injury especially if they have poor working postures. In addition, hormonal changes may cause nausea and fatigue.
Due to the increase of blood flowing around the pregnant woman’s body they are more likely to feel hot and faint. This also makes them more susceptible to swollen hands and feet and at a relatively higher risk of developing deep vein thrombosis.
Accidents, sprains and strains may occur due to the increased abdominal size of the worker and also through impaired dexterity, balance, agility and speed of movement.
The pregnant worker risk assessment will take approximately 1 hour. Following the assessment a typed report will be produced discussing observations taken by the ergonomic specialist and their recommendations with regards to equipment, workstation set-up, working tasks, working postures and training. As a pregnant worker assessment is an ongoing process it will also provide advice on any future actions that both employer and the employee need to consider throughout the pregnancy.
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