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Safety at Work

Speak up if you are concerned about your safety at work
Your employer must provide a safe environment for you and your baby when you are at work. This includes protecting you and your baby from any risks or hazards in the workplace. Sometimes this might mean making some minor adjustments to the way that you normally work, e.g. providing you with a stool if you normally stand up all day.  Other times it may mean that you need to do a different job while you are pregnant.
Some of the issues associated with pregnancy that may require adjustments to working arrangements include:
Common issues in pregnancy Need to consider the impact of…
Morning sickness 
  • Early shift work
  • Exposure to strong or nauseating smells
  • Poor ventilation 
  • Travel/transport
  • No easy access to a toilet
  • Standing
  • Manual handling (e.g. coin)
Varicose veins/other circulatory problems/haemorrhoids
  • Prolonged standing/sitting
Rest and welfare
  • Frequent/urgent visits to toilet
  • Regular nutrition
  • Proximity/availability of rest/washing/eating/drinking facilities
  • Hygiene
  • Difficulty in leaving job/work site
  • Comfort 
Dexterity, agility, co-ordination, speed of movement, reach may be impaired because of increasing size 
  • Postural demands e.g. bending over, reaching across a counter
  • Manual handling
  • Problems of working in restricted spaces
  • Overtime
  • Evening/night work
  • Lack of rest breaks
  • Excessive hours
  • Pace/intensity of work
  • Discrimination/bullying

If you have any concerns about your health and safety whilst you are pregnant (or at any other time for that matter!) – make sure you raise these concerns promptly with your manager. 
Moving to a safe job whilst pregnant
If it is unsafe for you to continue with your job because you are pregnant, then you must be offered alternative work with your employer during your pregnancy.  The safe job must be the same hours, conditions and pay as your original job.  If there is no alternative work available, then you can access “no safe job” leave. If you qualify for paid parental leave, your no safe job leave must be paid.
The above is general information only. For specific advice about your individual situation, contact FSU on 1300 366 378.

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Contact Details
FSU Member Rights Centre
Ph: 1300 366 378

Authorised By: Julia Angrisano, National Secretary

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