Your normal work conditions that have posed no health concerns before, may now be potentially hazardous to you and your unborn baby. You may need to take some steps to ensure that you do not place yourself in harm’s way. If you answer “yes” to any of the following points you should speak to your employer about changing the nature or location of your work.
Your workplace hazard checklist
Does your job expose you to:
- Toxic chemicals or gases
- Infectious diseases
- Animals and their faeces
- Extreme physical activity and heavy lifting
- Toxic waste
- Smoke from other people smoking cigarettes
Your rights to workplace safety during pregnancy
You may be required to provide a medical certificate to your employer explaining the workplace hazard and the period you (or your unborn baby) will be at risk.