There are a number of general hazards that are covered by this assessment which include:
There are no specific risks to new or expectant workers or the unborn foetus from exposure to excessive noise. Prolonged exposure to noise can lead to increased levels of blood pressure and tiredness. Compliance with the European Communities (Protection of Workers) (Exposure to Noise) Regulations, SI No. 157 of 1990 should be sufficient to meet the needs of new or expectant mothers.
During pregnancy, women’s tolerance to heat is reduced and they are liable to heat stress and could faint easily. Breast feeding can be impaired by heat dehydration. Great care should be taken by pregnant workers when exposed to prolonged periods of heat.
Pregnant workers are especially at risk from manual handling injury – for example hormonal changes can affect the ligaments, increasing susceptibility to injury. Manual handling of loads increase the risk of postural problems for the pregnant worker.