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Pregnant workers

Pregnant women are on the list of people at moderate risk

There is no evidence that pregnant women are more likely to get seriously ill from the Covid-19 coronavirus but pregnant women have been included in the list of people at moderate risk by the UK Government as a precaution. 

Pregnant workers can attend their workplace, so long as their employer is controlling the risk from Covid by performing a risk assessment and implementing the measures needed to reduce the risk of Covid transmission to the lowest level possible. 

Therefore, to reduce the risk, employers must work out the safest way for a pregnant employee to work based on a risk assessment of: 

  • each individual pregnant worker’s working environment,  

  • their mental and physical health, and  

  • the role they carry out. 

The risk assessment must specifically address Covid-19 risk to pregnant workers as well as the other workplace hazards that they would normally look at.

Pregnant women should only continue to work if a risk assessment records that they can continue working safely, which may require modification of the working environment, such as moving them to a role with less contact with colleagues or customers.  

If the employer is not able to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that work can be carried out in a safe environment, then the employer must provide suitable alternative work (on the same terms and conditions), such as working from home.

If there is no suitable alternative work and you are not able to do your job from home, GMB says, your employer must, suspend you on full pay. This is in line with normal requirements under regulation 16(3) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. 

 
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