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New and Expectant Mothers Safety Standard

Guidance for managers and employees on how to manage work-related risks to new and expectant mothers, infants and unborn babies.

The University is committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of all staff, students and visitors. Our health and safety policy recognises that we have particular responsibilities to protect vulnerable members of the community including expectant and new mothers and infants who may be affected by workplace activities. The University also has responsibilities to ensure that unborn children are protected against any workplace hazards that the expectant mother may be exposed to whilst at work. The New and Expectant Mothers Safety Standard provides advice for managers and employees on the process for managing risks to new and expectant mothers and to their unborn child or newly born infants. The risk assessment guidance can be used to identify potential workplace risks to new and expectant mothers and to their children. Departments are responsible for carrying out written risk assessments and the information provided should be amended, as necessary, to fit the context of the work and tasks that the new or expectant mother will be carrying out. An additional resource has been produced to aide assessment of risks due to Coronavirus.

These arrangements were agreed by University Health and Safety Committee in March 2021. The next scheduled review is March 2024.

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