Pregnant and nursing women

The work environment for pregnant and nursing employees must be particularly inspected, and the risk of harmful effects on pregnancy or nursing, or other ill health, must be assessed. If the results show that there are risks, measures must immediately be taken in order to remove these.

If it is not possible to remove the risks, measures that are reasonable or possible in practice must be taken by the employer in order to provide the woman with other work tasks.

A pregnant or nursing woman may not be occupied with work that is regarded as hazardous. For example, she may not risk being exposed in her work to rubella or toxoplasma if she lacks excellent immune protection against these contagions. Violations of the rule are associated with an administrative penalty of SEK 400,000 for organisations with more than 500 employees.

Nor may a pregnant or nursing woman be exposed to lead compounds; there are also restrictions in connection with work with organic solvents, cytostatics and so on.

Staff working with ionising radiation is obligated to report pregnancy or nursing. The employer is obligated to inform the staff of this. When pregnant, an employee has the right to demand that the employer offer new work duties that don't involve ionising radiation. When an employee reports that they are nursing, the employer must plan the work duties so that no intake or contamination of radioactive substances that would lead to the child being exposed to ionising radiation can occur.

Contact information

Ulrika Moström
Environmental coordinator
+46 90 786 73 63
ulrika.mostrom@umu.se 

Ulrika Moström
9/23/2020