Pregnant workers, chemicals and the law

15 November 2015

This Note provides basic background on the subject of pregnant workers and chemicals. 

A pregnant employee needs to inform her employer, in writing, of her pregnancy as soon as possible so that the employer can take into account any additional risks to the health and safety of both the employee and her unborn child. 

Whilst there are no legal requirements imposed on employees to inform their employers that they are pregnant or a new mother, they should bear in mind that their employer is not required to take any specific action until written notification has been provided. Readers are urged to obtain further detailed guidance where a more comprehensive treatment is required.

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November 2015
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Dr Steven Lipworth
Health, Safety and Environment Policy Adviser
Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BA, UK
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