Pregnant and breastfeeding/nursing students

In pregnancy and during breastfeeding, there are special reasons to pay extra attention to the risks in the work environment. Pregnant and breastfeeding students are entitled to an individual risk assessment of their study environment.

Risk assessment

An individual risk assessment shall be carried out for pregnant and breastfeeding students. The course responsible Department is responsible for carrying out the risk assessment.

The Swedish Work Environment Authority's regulation on Pregnant and breastfeeding workers regulates what kind of work may be carried out by pregnant and breastfeeding workers. The purpose of this Regulation is to prevent pregnant women, newly delivered women and women who are breastfeeding from being exposed to factors or conditions at work that may pose a risk of ill health or accidents.

In connection with on-site training (VFU) KI and, also, the organization where the student will be located, must carry out a risk assessment. Therefore, contact needs to be made with the placement so that a joint risk assessment can be established.

Special information due to COVID-19

See the Public Health Agency of Sweden's (FHM) page about/for pregnant women for more information. FHM recommends that pregnant women be extra careful.

The Swedish Work Environment Authority has stated that pregnant women should not care for COVID-19 patients or perform tasks where they risk to come in contact with COVID-19 patients.

When it comes to on-site training (VFU) within Region Stockholm, students must follow their instructions for employees (in Swedish). These also apply to those who are vaccinated or have already had COVID-19. See also the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions webpage on pregnant employees (in Swedish)

For more information see the Swedish Work Environment Authority's theme page (in Swedish) as well as other links and documents.