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 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.