Managing risks of expectant and new mothers: HSE guidance updated

Published: 11 Jul 2017

Following a survey in 2016 by Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), it was found that thousands of expectant mothers have to leave their jobs due to risk factors at work not being addressed.

As a direct result, The HSE has strengthened its guidance in INDG373  New and expectant mothers who work: A brief guide to your health and safety, by emphasising the importance of ongoing, open discussions.

The risk assessment action flowchart shown on page 3 of INDG373 was updated to emphasise that regular discussions between employers and new and expectant mothers are an important way to address issues or concerns about health and safety risks.

The leaflet answers some basic questions you may have about carrying on working while you are pregnant or returning to work after giving birth. It sets out what action your employer should take to protect your health and safety, and your child’s, and any action you need to take.