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The workplace is a natural place to provide health education: it is convenient, there is a potential for co-workers’ support and more and more, employees see it as a benefit that shows their company’s concern for them. Canadians are increasingly health conscious and are aware of the effects of their lifestyle on their health. At the same time, companies are under extreme pressure to control the skyrocketing costs of employee health care. Companies interested in increasing the job satisfaction, morale and productivity of employees view health promotion programs as a means to accomplish these goals.
This booklet in PDF format can provide you with general information with respect to risk factors related to reproductive health in the workplace. It will highlight the impact of the type and hours of work, established chemical, physical and biological hazards. It will also provide sample workplace policy recommendations that have demonstrated a positive impact on reproductive outcomes. Overall, the “Healthy Pregnancies…at Work” program is designed to help promote and protect the health of pregnant workers.
Part B: Healthy Pregnancies in the Workplace – the Context
Fast Facts: Pregnancy & The Workplace
Why Be A Pregnancy Friendly Workplace?
Part C: What are the Risks for Pregnant Workers?
Part D: The Strategies
What Can Employers Do To Prevent Harm?
What Can Employers Do To Manage Risk for Pregnant Workers?
Supporting Pregnant Employees: A Checklist of Practical Strategies
Baby Steps To Becoming A Pregnancy Friendly Workplace
Part E: Facts for Male Workers/Prospective Fathers
Part F: Resources and Services
Part G: Conclusion
Booklet prepared by:
Tami McCallum RN, BScN and Kelly Wilson, B.A. (Honours), M.A.
Regional Niagara Public Health Department, Reproductive Health Program
Copyright ©1999; 2nd edition, 2003 – Adapted in whole with permission from the Regional Niagara Public Health Department, Reproductive Health Program.