So just looking for a little advice on returning to work while pregnant until proven otherwise.
I work in a care home which since my treatment in October (which I took time off sick for) has become increasingly heavy. We have many residents who don't bare any their own weight so need a hoist to transfer. They don't roll in bed for you either when putting on the sling so what I mean is the equipment we use isn't making the transfer easy as we take their full weight because they can't or don't co-operate.
After transfer I am taking the first week off as annual leave and I am returning to work for the second week. My boss is aware of the situation and is aware I can't or shouldn't be heavy lifting (I told her this is what I had been advised by the hospital) however, she's not got anything in place that allows me to not have to work with these residents. She's paired me to work with a colleague who knows about treatment (which is great) but obviously my colleagues can't do this manual handling alone. What I really want to ask is can I refuse to do this heavy lifting if it's putting myself and the possible pregnancy at risk? Do I have a right to refuse?
Thanks so much for any advice you can give xxx