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New or Expectant Mothers

The health and safety implications of new or expectant mothers can be adequately addressed by normal health and safety management procedures. By assessing risks to all employees (including new and expectant mothers) and doing what is reasonably practicable to control those risks you will comply with both general and specific legal duties in this area. Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 if you cannot avoid a risk by other means you will need to:-

i) make changes to working conditions or hours,

ii) offer suitable alternative work,

or, if that is not possible

iii) give the worker paid leave for as long as necessary to protect her health or safety or that of her child.