Managing Pregnancy at Work

£10.00 (inc. VAT)

Duration | 30 minutes


When managing a pregnant employee there are important responsibilities incumbent on employers due to hazards that may affect the health of a woman, or the developing child she carries.

MANAGING PREGNANCY AT WORK COURSE OBJECTIVE  | Ensure you as a manager are competent to comply with the legislation that protects the health of both new and expectant mothers.

On completion of this course you will…

| Know how to undertake a Pregnancy Risk Assessment

| Be able to identify related hazards

| Know how to deal with various related scenarios

| Know and understand the applicable regulations

Watch Introduction

Managing Pregnancy at Work Course Content

Section 1 | Risk Assessments

  • Management of Health and Safety at Work (MHSW) Regulations
  • Sex Discrimination Act

Section 2 | Safe Practice at work

  • Manual Handling
  • Computer Safety
  • Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Fire Safety

Section 3 | Good Risk Assessment Practice

  • Risk Assessment Example
  • Generic Risk Assessment
  • Hazards
  • Reviewing Risks

  • Managing a pregnant employee
  • Managing pregnancy in the workplace
  • pregnancy risk assessment
  • Managing Pregnancy Course
  • Pregnant at work
  • Pregnant at work training

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Why take the Managing Pregnancy at Work course?

The Management of Health and Safety at Work (MHSW) Regulations 1999 (SI 1999/3242) outline the legal duty on all employers to assess the health and safety risks that their employees are exposed to at work and to put in place appropriate health and safety measures to control those risks.

Regulation 16 of MHSW requires that the risk assessment should include not only risks to new and expectant mothers, but also to all females of childbearing age who could become pregnant.

Regulation 18 of MHSW sets out the obligations employers have towards their employees once they have been notified in writing that she is a new or expectant mother.

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 outline further legislation that protects the health and safety of new and expectant mothers. In addition to this, employers must ensure that the Equality Act 2010 is not breached.

Regulations require a specific assessment is required for the risks to new and expectant mothers, i.e. someone who is pregnant, has given birth within the previous six months, or is breastfeeding.

The risk assessment is prompted as soon as the expectant mother informs the employer, in writing, that she is pregnant.

A medical certificate or maternity statement is useful for conveying medical advice that may need to be considered in a risk assessment.

There is a range of workplace hazards that could affect the health and safety of a new or expectant mother or her child. Appropriate action should be taken to identify, and remove or reduce the risks associated with these hazards.

Physical hazards

·      Awkward spaces and workstations

·      Noise and vibration

·      Radiation (covered by specific legislation)

Chemical hazards

·      Handling of chemicals that may be harmful to reproduction, or to a developing foetus

Biological agents

·      Infections

Working conditions

·      Inadequate facilities (including rest rooms)

·      Excessive working hours (nightwork etc).

·      Overly stressful work

·      High or low temperatures

·      Lone-working

·      Work at height

·      Travelling

·      Exposure to violence

If pregnancy related medical conditions such as high blood pressure are a concern the following option should be considered:

  • adjust working hours or working conditions or hours;
  • offer suitable alternative work; or if that is not possible,
  • suspend on full pay for as long as is necessary to protect the health of the mother and child.

NB Suspension may be the only option in work where there is a serious risk of harm to mother and child – e.g. working with lead, or underground mining.

For further legislative information and guidance visit: and

Ideal for

Mandatory:            HR personnel, Managers & Supervisors with pregnant staff.

Recommended:    Expectant mothers.


On successful completion of the Managing Pregnancy in the Workplace training candidates receive an echo3education completion certificate, available as a PDF for immediate download.  This requires achievement of the required pass mark during the final assessment.


Benefits of echo3education Managing Pregnancy at Work course

| RoSPA approved

| Accelerated Learning – 30 minutes

| Kept up to date with UK legislation

| Instant digital certificate on successful completion

| Includes flexible Assignment & Reporting or Tel: 0131 661 8253


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