Physical and shift work in pregnancy

This guideline enables occupational health professionals to provide consistent evidence based advice to pregnant women who are exposed to hazards at work. It focuses on lifting/handling, heavy physical work, prolonged standing, long working hours and shift work.

Full guideline (2009)

Healthcare professionals leaflet (2009)

Employers leaflet (2009)

Employees leaflet (2009)

In addition, a series of concise guidance leaflets was issued in February 2013. These provided advice to women with healthy, uncomplicated, singleton pregnancies on the effects of:

Heavy lifting

Heavy physical work

Long working hours

Prolonged standing at work


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