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Don't be caught off guard - Manage pregnant or breastfeeding employees with these six steps

by , 13 August 2013
You must provide a safe work environment for your employees. This includes pregnant or breastfeeding employees in your workplace. Here's a six step approach you can use to effectively safeguard the health of your pregnant or breastfeeding employees.

You have certain obligations if you employ pregnant or breastfeeding employees, says the Health&Safety Advisor. This means:

  1. You may not discriminate against pregnant or breastfeeding employees;
  2. You must protect the health of pregnant workers, the unborn foetus and the breastfeeding baby.

But how do you do this effectively?

Use these six steps to manage pregnant or breastfeeding employees

Step #1: Conduct a pregnant and breastfeeding risk assessment for all positions and tasks in your company.

Step #2: Identify the high-risk positions and tasks where you shouldn't employ pregnant or breastfeeding employees.

Step #3: Identify the safe positions and tasks where you can safely and temporarily employ pregnant or breastfeeding employees.

Step #4: Tell all female employees to disclose their pregnancy and breastfeeding status as soon as possible.

Step #5: Ensure you inform all your employees about the pregnancy and get them to accept the concept of temporary accommodation for pregnant or breastfeeding employees.

Step #6: Ask for a letter from your pregnant employee's doctor in the last month before she goes on maternity leave. This will indicate the health status of the baby, and allow you to take any necessary action to protect your employees on a case-by-case basis.

Keep in mind that different women react differently to pregnancy or breastfeeding demands. You mustn't have a single 'fit-for-all' approach, but rather develop a tailor-made approach for each case.

Use these steps to effectively manage pregnant or breastfeeding employees easily.

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