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DSE Assessments for Pregnant Workers

Maternity Workstation Assessment

Maternity DSE Risk Assessments are aimed at giving additional guidance to ‘new or expectant mothers’ i.e. a colleague  who is pregnant, breastfeeding or has given birth within the last six months.

Once an employer becomes aware that an employee is pregnant, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 state that action must be taken to avoid putting the health of the mother and the unborn child at risk.  Our Maternity DSE Risk Assessments ensure any risks, both general and specific to the pregnant or breastfeeding mother and child are identified and appropriate steps taken.

Our Maternity Assessments help ensure the pregnant worker has a comfortable and an ergonomically sound and safe environment to work in until her maternity leave.

Maternity DSE Risk Assessments you can trust

Our Assessors have extensive knowledge of both human anatomy and ergonomics. You can be confident that you will receive a quality risk assessment alongside sound advice on how to help avoid becoming injured or unwell as a result of using your workstation incorrectly.

Our UK-wide network of DSE Risk Assessors covers your area so call us today on 0370 118 8000 to book your assessment. 

We also carry out other specialist assessments.  See here.

I found this session very educating and it has shed light on many points that I had no idea could affect my health. Helen was fantastic!


Maternity DSE Assessments : What To Expect


Introduction:  Explanation of the procedures for the maternity worker’s immediate and future needs, including work routines and changing tasks throughout the maternity period.

Posture:  Addressing the employee’s existing and changing posture at the workstation, offering tips and advice on changing work routines and task management throughout the pregnancy for better long term physical comfort.

Workstation Suitability:  Display Screen Equipment, keyboard & mouse use, desk height and desk space management including how to make changes/adaptations as the pregnancy progresses.

Chair:  Assessing, assisting and advising user on how to best use and adjust their chair throughout the maternity period.

Environment:  Heating, ventilation, cabling, hazardous substances and clear, safe access to and from the workstation.

Laptop use:  With discussion about using correct accessories.

Findings:  Any necessary changes that can be made at the time of the assessment will be made and noted on the assessment form along with any other points or recommendations.

Following the assessment, a full written report outlining the observations of the Assessor and all recommendations will be prepared and sent to you.

A Maternity DSE Risk Assessment does not replace your need to carry out a Pregnant Workers Risk Assessment in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

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Call 0370 118 8000 to book your Maternity DSE assessment 

Maternity DSE Assessments : The Benefits To You


  • Carrying out a Maternity DSE Risk Assessment enables you to comply with HSE regulations which require employers to analyse risks specific to the pregnant or breastfeeding woman

  • Assessing the risks during a pregnancy allows workplace risks to the new or expectant mother to be controlled or minimised. This will help ensure continued good attendance and performance.

  • Pursuing good health and safety practice demonstrates commitment to and investment in your workforce which boots staff morale and thus boosts productivity.

  • The checklist provides you with an audit trail should any legal action or compensation claims arise.

The Law and the Employer’s obligations

(The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999)

These regulations include regulations that protect the health and safety of new and expectant mothers at work. Under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, it is automatically considered sex discrimination  if an employer fails to protect the health and safety of a pregnant worker. These regulations protect female employees who are (or in the future could be) a new or expectant mother or are breastfeeding.

In a recent HSE case study, on being given additional work and increased pressure to meet targets, a pregnant worker suffered a miscarriage and was signed off from work due to stress. She took her employer to a Tribunal where the employer was found to be in breach of health and safety legislation for not conducting a specific risk assessment. They were also found to be in breach of the Sex Discrimination Act and the Employment Rights Acts. Had the employer conducted a proper risk assessment, much time, money and heartache could have been saved.

We Also Provide Other Risk Assessments


Standard DSE Assessments
Every employee working regularly at a workstation should have one of these. Lasting around 20 minutes, the Assessor will  assess the workstation to make sure it is set up correctly and to identify any risks.

Advanced DSE Assessments
These are one to one sessions and take between forty five minutes to an hour with the employee and are mainly for those with musculoskeletal injuries such as back pain, neck pain or a Work Related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD).  The Assessor will address both the employee’s ailment and their posture.  Ergonomic items and assistive technology may be recommended to help increase that person’s comfort levels at work.

Clinical DSE Assessments

A Clinical DSE Assessment carried out by one of our highly trained clinicians may be suitable for a user who:

  • Has a long history of medical intervention.
  • A severe disability or impairment.
  • Needs specialist equipment.
  • Has a complex/multiple condition(s).

Assistive Technology Workstation Assessments
These are for workers with varying disability levels. We match the person’s disability to the best assistive technology.  Each evaluation is based on the individual’s needs and may include augmentative communication, mobility, environmental control or computer access.

Home Worker Assessments
These can be simple home workstation assessments or more complex depending on the employee’s circumstances and/or ailment.  Our Assessor will visit your employee’s home to carry out a thorough DSE Risk Assessment, which will include recommendations to ensure a safe and comfortable work environment at home.

Online DSE Self Assessments
Our very popular and easy to use online DSE Self Assessment solutions are designed to save time and money when there are many workstations and/or they are geographically spread making a traditional assessment too costly.

Our DSE Self Assessment software is designed to allow your staff to simply click on a link (sent by e mail) and complete a 15-20 minute DSE Course and subsequent DSE Assessment module. This allows HQ to manage the assessments nationwide from a desktop.  Call 0370 118 8000 to arrange your free trial.

Fire Risk Assessments
From 1st October 2016, The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires that the Responsible Person in any non domestic premises carries out a fire risk assessment to reduce or eliminate the risk of fire and to identify persons at risk.

Call 0370 118 8000 to book your Maternity DSE assessment 

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