I am a manager, managing a 24 hr service for people with learning disabilities and autism.
...and the first thing I have to do when a member of staff tells me they are pregnant, is to do a risk assessment for them.
This involves looking at all the tasks they generally do, and all the people they generally work with and finding what all the possible hazards are.
Then, together we look at what we can do to reduce the risk (likelihood) of those hazards causing harm to either the mother or the baby.
This can involve avoiding certain tasks (like lifting/pushing heavy wheelchairs) or doing things differently (e.g. using equipment) but can also mean not supporting people who have behaviours of concern (such as hitting or throwing things)
There is no legal duty to eliminate risk altogether, but there is a very definite responsibility to reduce it to its lowest practicable level.
Since I have been pregnant, I have also done a risk assessment for me - looking at the same things, but the measures I have put in place are different as risk assessments need to be individual e.g. I am mainly office based, although I do do some shifts. In my staff member's risk assessment I have considered fatigue more likely for her than it is for me, as she is on her feet for most of the day on every shift, whereas I am mostly able to sit down (except when I am on shift!)
and there is a person who she doesn't support now she is pregnant, but I do - he is a very big strong chap and she is a tiny dot, and although he would never deliberately hurt someone he can pull people quite a bit. For a tiny person that is much more of an issue than it is for me!
However, no manager can do anything to protect you if you don't tell them you are pregnant! So, if you haven't already done so, go and tell them ... and ask what their policy is around risk assessment for pregnant workers
Hi I'm a care worker and still working away. I work out in the community, drive about to their own houses and everything involving proper manual handling is safe during pregnancy but the other carers are very good with me in double calls and will do most of the work lol just make sure u dont lift anything heavy or any clients and u will be just fine. If ur iffy about doing something, then ask someone to help u. Even cut ur hours down in a few weeks/months if it gets too much for u x
When i was pregnant with my DS i worked as a carer. As has been said they should do a risk assesmenr and keep you away from any high risk patients. I dont know if it would be an option for you but i had started doing training to be a care leader so i also did some office work/drugs rounds on my shifts.
It is a phyically demanding job so you should be able to break or stop for a drink whenever you feel the need to, i found the way round that was to sit and chat with the residents.
Thanks guys for all your advice! So glad I asked you ladies now. So i went to chat with my manager, no risk assessment done, she said there shouldn't be a problem as long as I'm doing my manual handling right, she said take as many breaks as needed to grab a drink, remember to eat (obviously!) and if it does get too much she will move me to low care All is well
Hey hun, I was a personal carer too and only recently finished my Enrolled Nursing, but sitll work in Aged Care. I work with 3 pregnant carers and they say they are doing ok, so i think you will be fine.
But it's very important that you do things properly, like having two carers with all residents that need two carers, all the proper manual handling techniques and avoid aggressive residents.. Try minimal lifting, but i'm assuming you have machinery there to help with lifting etc??
Just don't push yourself, and always ask for help if you feel uncomfortable, watch out for YOU and baby and if you're in doubt, get help!
A girl i work with recently went on mat leave at about 30-34 weeks, all the best hun!! Hopefully you will get moved to low care, that will be a lot easier on you xoxox
ive now had my risk assessment done, they've taken me off all heavy lifting calls and anywhere whare a client can be aggressive so i guess thats a start xx
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