The EssentialSkillz New and Expectant Mothers aims to help women to work safely, healthily and confidentially during their pregnancy, and on return to work after child birth.
The course explains the responsibilities of employers and employees, drawing on the requirements of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSW), the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 (the Workplace Regulations), the Work and Families Act 2006, the Equality Act 2010 and the Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014. This includes entitlement to leave during pregnancy for antenatal appointments, to maternity, paternity, adoptive leave and pay as well as to shared parental leave which was introduced in April 2015. Keeping in touch days are also explained.
The New and Expectant Mothers online training course outlines typical workplace hazards that expectant and new mothers might face – including prolonged periods of standing, excessive workloads, manual handling, noise, or exposure to biological or chemical agents – and examines different strategies to manage the risks and alleviate discomfort. Although many women remain healthy during pregnancy, some common health problems that can occur during pregnancy are described along with coping strategies.
Like all the EssentialSkillz courses, the New and Expectant Mothers course can be customised to meet your needs, at no additional cost. A designated course administrator can edit the text and images within the course, and link to organisation-specific documentation.
On successful completion of the test users can download and print a certificate.
The course is RoSPA approved
The course lasts approximately 45 minutes, although this will depend on the level of existing knowledge.
Users are required to take a final test consisting of 10 default questions. The default pass mark is 70%
The course administrator within your organisation can:
- Change the pass mark
- Implement the random test question feature which selects 10 questions from a bank of 20.
- Can specify that more than 10 questions must be answered (up to the full bank of 20 questions)
The focus of the course is those who are pregnant in the workplace and new mothers returning to work after childbirth, or after a miscarriage. Although the legislation defines a new mother as someone who has given birth within the past six months or is still breastfeeding, the advice can be relevant in many cases beyond that time. The language of the course talks of the mother as “you”, but this course could also be used by anyone who manages women of child-brearing age. For example, managers need to to understand the requirement to assess risks to an unborn child in the workplace, and to communicate these to women of child-bearing age before they notify of a pregnancy. It could therefore be included as part of a blended learning approach for the induction process of new managers or supervisors, or as ongoing training to existing managers. Whilst the course highlights entitlements such as maternity pay and shared parental leave the course is not intended as a complete guide to benefits for HR, and current government sources should always be referred to in determining entitlements.