Students who are pregnant may be exposed to specific health risks in the course of their studies. Thus risks to mother and child may arise during practical training in Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, as well as from chemicals and biological agents encountered during laboratory work.
To ensure that your employer or the person responsible for your internship can take the appropriate precautions, in accordance with their duty of care, they must be made aware of your pregnancy. We therefore strongly recommend that you inform employers and supervisors of practical classes as soon as possible.
Supervisors should have decided in advance which activities can be assigned to students during pregnancy, without risk to the health of mother and child. Once informed of a student's pregnancy, supervisors must prepare a Risk Assessment in accordance with the stipulations of the Maternity Health Protection Act (in German).
In accordance with the stipulations made by the Maternity Health Protection Act, prospective mothers should NOT engage in the following activities / encounter the following substances, which involve possible exposure to risks that could endanger the health of both mother and child:
- Hazardous chemicals
- Ionizing radiation
- Dust, gases, vapours, heat, cold, vibrations, noise
- Sources of infection
- Lifting heavy weights
- Standing for more than 4 hours at a time
- Activities that require frequent stretching or bending, prolonged squatting or stooping
- Operating machines that stress the feet