Night Work

The Regulations state that you must give special consideration to new and expectant mothers who work at night. If an employee who is a new or expectant mother, and works at night, produces a medical certificate stating that night work may affect her health or safety, you must take the following action: -


Offer her suitable alternative daytime work if available.

If this is not possible and after discussion with an Operational Director (who may wish to seek professional advice) you must move on to Step 2.


Suspend her from work on full pay a long as is necessary to protect her health or safety.


  1. You are required to take these steps by law but only if the risk arises from work.
  2. HSE experts are not at present aware of any risks to pregnant or breast feeding workers or their children from working at night



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This information is derived from the Health & Safety Manual and Kit
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