If you are pregnant or breastfeeding your employer must conduct a risk assessment. Potential risks to be aware of can be identified by asking yourself if the work contains any of the following:

  • Exposure to noise
  • Exposure to electromagnetic fields, e.g. from ultra-violet light sources or lasers
  • Exposure to ionizing radiation
  • Unpleasantly low or high temperatures
  • Heavy lifting, shocks, vibrations or major physical strain of any other kind
  • Long periods of walking or standing
  • Uncomfortable working positions (twisting/stretching/bending)
  • Insufficient opportunity for breaks and rest
  • A risk of contagion from rubella or toxoplasmosis
  • Exposure to CMR (Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or toxic to Reproduction) classified chemicals, e.g. lead, carbon monoxide or mercury compounds
  • Exposure to mercury compounds
  • Exposure to allergens or substances that are toxic when absorbed by the skin, e.g. some organic substances
  • Risk of strong anxiety or exhaustion
  • High level of stress
  • Solitary work
  • Risk of threats, violence or victimisation
  • Night work
  • Irregular working hours


Pregnant or nursing women are advised not to

  • Handle radioactive substances without consulting radiation safety.
  • Carry out activities involving the following hazardous substances properties: toxic, harmful, carcinogenic, mutagenic, teratogenic, toxic to reproduction (or in any other way chronically harmful to humans)


A risk assessment template is available on Lund University´s HR web

Procedure for performing risk assessment for pregnant and breastfeeding women