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Work risk assessment

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Bornin1984 Sun 09-Mar-14 02:08:47

Please can somebody tell me at which point of your pregnancy is your work risk assessment meant to be carried out?

MrsMonkeyBear Sun 09-Mar-14 06:45:56

I had mine done within a week of letting them know. I'm a chef tho so I'm on my feet most of the time. And there's a lot of dangers working in a kitchen. I would get in touch with your hr dept and have a go at them if it hasn't been done.

Bornin1984 Sun 09-Mar-14 07:01:55

I work in within them nhs, I'm over
30 weeks and not been! Apparently
It's waiting to be done! I'm currently
Off sick

MrsMonkeyBear Sun 09-Mar-14 07:06:10

I'm only 8+1. I think they are taking the biscuit there. I know it can take up to an hour to do, but they are really letting their duty of care go out the window. I hope they pull their fingers out soon.

X x

Bornin1984 Sun 09-Mar-14 07:25:05

I finish for my mat leave in approx 3 weeks!

I had a feeling it should have been done as soon as they know I was pregnant! But alas no still waiting!!

Congrats in ure pregnancy thanks

Eminybob Sun 09-Mar-14 07:40:15

I did one as soon as I told them, but the form says to do one every month, which I haven't.
To be fair I work in an office so the risk is minimal.

Moxiechick Sun 09-Mar-14 08:15:48

I work in a school and had it done at about 15 weeks pregnant. They apologised for leaving it so late too!
That's awful x

SweetPea86 Sun 09-Mar-14 08:20:25

I told them at around 6 weeks preg they did do a risk ass pretty much straight away, so they say. Not that any thing got done. I went on maternity at 29 weeks coz was fed up working in crap conditions.

PuppyMummy Sun 09-Mar-14 08:21:34

im a teacher, I had one done about a week after I told them at 12 weeks.

Bornin1984 Sun 09-Mar-14 08:22:32

I have a friend who works in a supermarket and had hers done every 4/6 weeks!!! Perhaps because it's moving ans handling?

weebairn Sun 09-Mar-14 08:23:55

I got one around 20 weeks last time, but I had to organise it all myself and they acted like I was being completely unreasonable in asking for one. I was working on the fucking cardiac arrest team at the time, running down corridors etc. Working silly hours, few breaks.

Then when I finally got to see occupational health they said I shouldn't be working those hours, but my department refused to accept this and said it wasn't valid because I had self referred or some such shit. Anyway it was extremely stressful and the work load, physically and mentally, remained pretty nonstop.

I went on mat leave at 32 weeks hmm

I have had friends in the NHS with similar experiences.

This time I am 11 weeks and I don't think I can even bear to tell them in case they are as horrible to me as they were last time. I probably won't tell them at all until I have to at 25 weeks. (At 20 weeks this HR women told me I shouldn't need any concessions because I "wasn't very big yet" - yes I carried small but what fucking difference did that make?)

Still bitter and a bit anxious about this pregnancy.

BikeRunSki Sun 09-Mar-14 08:26:59

As soon as reasonably possible after you tell your employer. A week or so later is reasonable.

Bornin1984 Sun 09-Mar-14 08:44:47

Are employers in trouble if risk assessment doesn't get done

MissSlackPants84 Sun 09-Mar-14 09:08:39

Im still waitkng for mine and i'm 21 weeks. They have mentioned the need to do one but nothing has materialised.

Part of my job can be quite physically demanding ao I hope theu pull their finger out soon

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Sun 09-Mar-14 09:12:52

We do them three times, once in each trimester, depending on when the employee tells us/we guess they are pregnant. We would also do additional ones if they had any complications.
Having said that, when I was pregnant I think I only had one hmm so it depends on how diligent your line manager is.
I work in catering.

squizita Sun 09-Mar-14 09:27:36

I was told 12 weeks (before that, as I am high risk, they knew but had me chalked up as "ongoing medical condition" with a RA for that so they kept me risk-free but without me worrying people knew). I bring the 12 week scan as 'proof' and they fill in in (next week- I'll be 13+ but I'm a teacher so needed an appointment when I was not teaching and HR were also free).

velvetlilithi Sun 09-Mar-14 16:12:59

I told my employer at 6 weeks as I was doing heavy lifting and couldn't avoid it without telling them. I wasn't even told about risk assessment until last week (10 weeks) when our admin gave me all papers about maternity leave and pay and risk assessment form. My manager promised to do it the same day, then the next day, etc. Still not done.

Even without this form, when I asked my manager for shorter hours and more often short breaks in future (as I'm working 11 hours a day standing in busy restaurant, only with 30 minutes break) she refused as I would finish at lunch time when is the most busy sad.

I really want to see how she imagines me to cope with a large belly in 30 weeks standing for 11 hours with almost no food. Specially on a workplace where it's dangerous as there is many people moving around and there's a big risk of someone hitting me in a belly or slipping etc.

I hope my boss will change her attitude or I will stay on a sick leave. I will never risk life of my baby for a stupid boss.

Is it possible to report an employer somewhere when refuses to make a working conditions safe for pregnant women?

beela Sun 09-Mar-14 21:06:06

I have never had one, despite asking a few times. I finish for maternity leave on Friday. This is my second pregnancy, I didn't have one last time either!

I work in an office so probably not particularly high risk.

amy246 Mon 10-Mar-14 18:49:38

I keep asking for one too! I work with hazardous materials! They just say 'don't worry you'll be ok'! Not helpful...

MorganLeFey Mon 10-Mar-14 20:30:37

As soon as you ask for one I think?

Also NHS & although my boss (/'line manager') was awesome (had just come back from her 2nd Mat Leave - lucked out there) & filled in all the paperwork we got sent Occupational Health themselves sort of faffed about it & didn't seem like they were going to make any actual recommendations to the people in power (of the on call rota)...

So I whipped out my Plan B - went to my GP (saw a trainee wink ) & got them to do a fit note with 'may be fit for work' with the adaptations to reduce risk that I wanted & laid that down instead... grin

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