Anyone know what Work rights you have during pregnancy?

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Found 9th Jan 2009
im 17 weeks pregnant and i work on the shop floor in a supermarket i have asked to be move on to another department which doesnt involve lifting and they have told me they wont move me as there isnt anywhere for me to go.

Is there anything i can do?

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this tells you what you nedd to know.

"If there is a risk, your employer must either take steps to remove it, or make arrangements so that you are not exposed to it. This could mean either remedying the risk or if this cannot be done, temporarily changing your working conditions or offering you suitable alternative work.

If that is not possible, you are entitled to be suspended on full pay. This right is regardless of your length of employment"

Banned

yes, look for another job

They will not move you to anywhere which involves lifting incase anything happens to you and baby and can be liable for it if anything they can move you to something more comfortable when your near the end of pregnancy so you can stay of your feet.

My partner had the same problem and discussed it with her midwife. Her midwife said to tell her supervisor that she needed to be moved on her advice. She was more than willing to arrange for a sick note if her supervisor was not willing to cooperate. Mention to your supervisor the dangers of lifting when pregnant. It would be quite easy for you to strain yourself and cause all manner of complications.
Good luck and congrats

Why do you want to move if it involves more lifting? Sounds like they are trying to protect you and your baby from harm.

Have you written does instead of doesn't?

Original Poster

i meant to say doesnt involve lifting

Original Poster

bellabonkers;4011161

Why do you want to move if it involves more lifting? Sounds like they are … Why do you want to move if it involves more lifting? Sounds like they are trying to protect you and your baby from harm.Have you written does instead of doesn't?



yes i meant doesnt

Banned

Peeps thats not what she said - " i have asked to be move on to another department which doesnt involve lifting and they have told me they wont move me as there isnt anywhere for me to go."


Simple answer here....they HAVE to move you or get someone else to lift for you!!

If you have any issues you want to address with the employer you would be best advised to call these guys first. I have found them very helpfull in the past. They are a sort of Citizen Advice but then for disputes.

acas.org.uk/ind…461

well then if it does not invovle lifting then there might not be a postion where you want to be moved to or they're just being a pain.

esims84;4011206

yes i meant doesnt



I thought I couldn't understand why you would want to move

They sound like they are being unreasonable to me. I would be refusing to lift within reason and ask your colleagues for help there....hopefully they will be understanding. I would have thought they need to give you a health and safety evaluation. Good luck sorting it out.

Edit: Like donnydude says...perhaps a note from the midwife.

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bellabonkers;4011266

I thought I couldn't understand why you would want to move :)They … I thought I couldn't understand why you would want to move :)They sound like they are being unreasonable to me. I would be refusing to lift within reason and ask your collegues for help there....hopefully they will be understanding. I would have thought they need to give you a health and safety evaluation. Good luck sorting it out.


Yup...they have to go through a risk assessment...have they done this OP? if not dependent on what stage your at I think it would be illegal

Original Poster

they did one when i was about 6 weeks pregnant, they told me they are going to do another one. That was about 2 weeks ago.

asked to be put on tills

What kind of lifting? Are we talking tins of food or pallets of the stuff here? Depends what you have to do & how heavy the stuff is.

This from Tommys tommys.org/Pag…356

Q My work involves heavy lifting – can I refuse in pregnancy?
A There is no set weight which has been defined as safe to lift in pregnancy. This is because it may depend on your stature, your health and any pregnancy complications.

If you have a job which involves heavy lifting discuss this with your employer during your risk assessment. You may also wish to get written advice from your doctor or midwife and this could be shown to your employer.

Bit of advice for when the baby is born.

http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x27/donnydude77/checkdiaper.jpg

donnydude;4011424

Bit of advice for when the baby is born.



ewww.....how is your partner doing DD? when is baby due?

Original Poster

i asked to go on tills and they said i cant because there is no jobs/hours on tills.

I work lifting stuff like ready meals, pies, cooked meats, yoghurts,milk,cheese,butter and juice.

Is it bending you are having a problem with rather than the actual weight of the items? Ask your supervisor what they can suggest to minimize it - if it's a big supermarket I'm sure they will have had this before.

donnydude;4011424

Bit of advice for when the baby is born.


lol

esims84;4011498

i asked to go on tills and they said i cant because there is no … i asked to go on tills and they said i cant because there is no jobs/hours on tills.I work lifting stuff like ready meals, pies, cooked meats, yoghurts,milk,cheese,butter and juice.



I don't want to sound overly harsh but if you were lifting heavy boxes and pushing large cages then you're employer is entirely liable and they have to change your working conditions but you say you are lifting things like ready meals yogurt, etc... this hardly seems strenious or harmful. It sounds to me like a good way of keeping active. My wife kept active throughout both pregnancies, common sense will tell you if you are being asked too much of. I mean do you just sit on a sofa at home all day or do you put a vacuum around. Or do you have any other complications which stop you from leading a normal life. If that is the case your doctor should sign you off. REMEMBER pregancy is not a disability or illness.

bellabonkers;4011452

ewww.....how is your partner doing DD? when is baby due?



Everythings cool in School here BB. Due March 7th so in 8 weeks!!!!!:w00t::w00t::w00t:
Busy planning the misc thread. I've got a few blueprints made up so I'm prepared anyway

Hello congrats on the pregnancy. I workrd on the same chilled department when i was pregnant and the only thing that i couldn't do was lift the heavy big cheese boxes, juice and pull out the delivery. I was informed that the whole store is risk assesed on a continued basis so individual risk assesments are not required. There was a little bit of a 'baby boom' on our section after me when 4 more staff on our small department became pregnant, we all did the same job and we all went on to have healthy babies.

i am sure there will be days when you can do it and days when you just feel you cant - those days you ask your work colleagues to help you - they will so long as they don't think you are just pulling a fast one - remember your health and safety rules in lifting but dont use your pregnancy as an excuse to get out of a job you're not keen on (and i am not implying that is what you are doing im just saying !)

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DangerGod;4011106

yes, look for another job



have you seen the news recently?

in case you havnt there are no jobs......millions unemployed:whistling:

As others have alluded to, your employer has a legal obligation to risk assess your working practices under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. Failure on their part to do so is a breach of that Law.

I work as an EHO, and I would advise you to either contact your shop steward or your local Environmental Health Department, should they continue to refuse your request.

Good luck.
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