11 May 2010

Do you work in a hazardous environment?

A quiz to help you find out whether your work environment poses a risk to your baby.


Complete this quiz to find out whether you are working in an environment that poses a risk to your baby:

  • Does your job require you to lift heavy objects?
  • Are you are nurse, doctor or someone exposed to infections?
  • Are you exposed to excessive amounts of cigarette smoke?
  • Do you have to stand for a long time (such as a teacher)?
  • Do you work around loud machinery?
  • Do you come into contact with anaesthetic gases?
  • Are you exposed to chemicals such as dry cleaning fluids, lead and mercury?
  • Do you work with animals?
  • Do you have to take physical risks (such as a policewoman)?
  • Are you exposed to radiation?
  • Do you come into contact with fertilsers or pesticides (such as a farmer)?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, you will have to make alternative arrangements at work. Discuss your concerns with your doctor and employer to see how you could minimise the risks.

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