(Toolbox Talk) New and Expectant Mothers

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new and expectant mothers toolbox talk


The aim of this toolbox talk is to increase staff awareness of new and expectant mothers within the workplace.

The use of regular toolbox talks, if done effectively, will significantly improve the safety culture within your organisation. This will increase the safety awareness of the workers, and as a result reduce the likelihood of accidents and unsafe occurrences.

Legislation references

  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Pregnancy in the workplace

There are a number of potentially serious risks that may be present in your workplace. These include:

  • Manual handling
  • Poor posture
  • Exposure to pathogens
  • Exposure to lead
  • Stress
  • Excessive standing or sitting
  • Radioactive material and radiation
  • Smoking
  • Violence
  • Working long hours
  • Exposure to some hazardous substances
pregnancy in the workplace

What your employer will do?

On receipt of written notification of your pregnancy your employer will conduct a review of your work with you, including a specific risk assessment.
  • Your employer will manage the risks where practicable.
  • Your employer may adjust your working arrangements in order to ensure you are safe.
  • Your employers may send you home on full pay where the risks cannot be adequately controlled.
  • Your employer will keep your job open for you during your maternity period.

What you must do...

  • Inform the your employer in writing as soon as you can.
  • If you do not tell your employer that you are pregnant the risks to you and the baby may be increased.
  • Keep your employer informed of any concerns raised by you or your doctor which are work related.
  • Keep them informed of any pregnancy-related medical conditions that develop.
  • Get involved and make suggestions on how you feel things could be improved, both for you and others who follow.
  • Have a safe and happy pregnancy!