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13 steps you must use to protect the pregnant and breastfeeding mothers in your workplace

by , 08 August 2014
It's Women's Day tomorrow and that means it's time to celebrate women around the world. That includes the ones in your workplace. And best way you can do that is to ensure you protect them properly.

But when it comes to female employees, pregnant or breastfeeding employees need the most protection.

All it takes to keep them safe is a bit of effort and these 13 steps...

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Protect your pregnant or breastfeeding employees in 13 steps

Step #2: Use protective measures and adjust her working arrangements to protect her.
Step #3: Maintain a list of jobs that don't involve any risks so you can transfer her temporarily.
Step #4: Tell your pregnant employee about the hazards she and her baby face at work.
Step #5: Encourage your employees to tell you they're pregnant A.S.A.P. so you can identify and assess risks and take the appropriate action.
Step #6: Keep a record of every notified pregnancy in your workplace.
Step #7: As soon as an employee tells you she's pregnant, evaluate her place in your workplace.
Step #8: If you find out there's a risk to her or her foetus' health and safety, tell her about the risk immediately.
Step #9: Train her on any hazards in her workplace and the preventative measures she can use to protect herself and her unborn child.
Step #10: Consult with an occupational health practitioner on appropriate adjustments to her workplace.
Step #11: Review the risk assessment for expectant or new mothers whenever changes take place in your work activities.
Step #12: If there's an occupational health service at your workplace, keep records of pregnancies and the outcomes of pregnancies. Include any complications in her or her child's condition. 
Step #13: Make arrangements to allow her to attend antenatal and post-natal clinics as required.
It's important to protect your employee during this time because her body becomes very sensitive to stress and illness. As long as you follow these 13 steps, it'll be easy to protect her and her baby.
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