If you are expecting a baby, you may be concerned about the impact of your job duties on your developing fetus. It’s important to learn how you can keep your baby safe while continuing to work during your pregnancy.
You may need to request that your duties be modified during your pregnancy, or that you be allowed to take special precautions. Your obstetrician can help you determine the potential impact of your job on your baby’s development. Some things to consider include:
— How strenuous is your job? If you are used to lifting heavy objects, working long overtime hours or remaining on your feet all during your shift, this could have a deleterious effect on your baby.
— What about exposures to harmful chemicals? Some jobs present obvious hazards, like the pesticides used on farms or chemicals involved in dry-cleaning. But there are other less obvious positions that can lead to dangerous exposures. These might include toll takers on highways or bridges or even those working around pottery as it’s being fired.
— Do you operate dangerous or heavy machinery? Many manufacturing and factory jobs pose special safety hazards that should be avoided.
— Health care workers in some positions risk harm to their babies while carrying out their duties. An x-ray tech should avoid exposure to radiation, and phlebotomists must be doubly careful to avoid needle sticks that could lead to HIV or hepatitis C infections.
These are only a partial list of potentially harmful jobs to have while pregnant. If your employer is non-compliant with reasonable requests for temporary accommodations during your pregnancy, the attorneys at our firm may be able to help you.