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Does a pregnancy risk assessment have to be written?

(6 Posts)
Itrustnobody Tue 29-Sep-09 11:27:32

Also, does it have to exist as a separate document?

Or can it be sort of implied by various conversations you've had with your boss in which he's (allegedly hmm) discussed the issues with you?


flowerybeanbag Tue 29-Sep-09 11:33:49

Guide for expectant mothers here

Legal requirements here

There doesn't seem to be anything saying the risk assessment has to be written down particularly, or as a separate document, no. The important thing is your employer must conduct one and deal with any risks identified.

What's the problem? Have you identified a risk that you believe your employer isn't dealing with?

Itrustnobody Tue 29-Sep-09 13:09:34

oh Flowery, I can't tell you, I'm too paranoid, sorry sad

Are you sure? It says here that it does have to be in writing.

flowerybeanbag Tue 29-Sep-09 14:09:24

No I'm not sure grin, I am basing that on the two links I've posted from the HSE website, which is where I'd go for H&S advice as a non-H&S expert.

Looking at the actual text of the legislation here it says the 'significant findings' must be recorded, which presumably means in writing, yes.

I am guessing the HSE guidance doesn't specifically refer to it having to be in writing because that's not actually the crucial point - the crucial points are that a) risk assessments are done, and b) that if risks are identified, they are addressed.

Personally I probably wouldn't be overly concerned about the technicality of whether a risk assessment was written down or not, I'd be concerned about making sure one was conducted and that I knew about it, and that any risks that were identified by either the RA or by me were suitably addressed.

Itrustnobody Tue 29-Sep-09 15:33:08

Thanks Flowery smile
Yes, that makes sense - technically it is there but what really matters is the process of thinking about it and getting it right.

kafka Thu 01-Oct-09 03:34:32

There is no obligation on the employer to show evidence of recording the risk assessment but it is good practice to do so, however, the employer at the very least should engage in dialogue with the employee about the potential risks etc... and any action taken or adjustment to work conditions/hours.

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