Pregnant Employees

In the interests of their own health and safety and that of their unborn / nursing child, all pregnant and breastfeeding employees and postgraduate students are strongly encouraged to report their pregnancy / breastfeeding to their Head Of School / Unit Manager or to the University SIRC Office directly as early as possible. This is so that a Pregnant Employee Risk Assessment can be carried out to ensure that the working conditions of the employee, or postgraduate student, do not pose a risk to her or her unborn / nursing child’s health and safety.

This assessment will be carried out by either a UCD SIRC Office personnel or an external consultant. In the event that a pregnant employee or postgraduate student's working conditions are deemed to pose a risk, either to her or her unborn or breastfeeding child’s safety, then the University will take all necessary steps so as to eliminate or minimise that risk. 

Pregnant and breastfeeding employees and postgraduate students should not work with hazardous agents (biological, chemical or radioactive) until a Pregnant Employee Risk Assessment has been carried out and it has been deemed safe to do so.

To arrange a risk assessment, or to discuss further, contact the UCD SIRC Office either by email to or phone 01 - 716 8771.

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Further information relating to UCD's maternity leave procedures and requirements are available on the UCD HR website.

There is some emerging concern around Covid 19 and the risks it poses to pregnant persons post 28 weeks gestation / in their final trimester of pregnancy.

When case numbers and community transmission rates are high, as evidenced by the country or a particular region being placed into Level 4 or 5 restrictions, pregnant persons in their last trimester should ensure that they take particular care to minimise contact with other persons in the workplace.

This may have implications for any person who is the final trimester of pregnancy and who may be required to work on campus during Level 4 and 5 restrictions. Such persons are advised to contact the SIRC Office or their own GP for further advice. 

The university provides travel and personal accident insurance cover for staff and postgraduate students who are travelling abroad on behalf of the University. Further information on travel insurance and notification requirements and travel updates including for pregnant women is available under UCD Travel Insurance.

For further advice contact UCD SIRC Office.

Further Information and Relevant Documents

For further details, or to arrange a risk assessment, contact UCD SIRC Office either by email to or phone: 01 - 716 8771.