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    Default Pregnant working in a hot kitchen

    Hi all, just after a bit of advice. Im 8 weeks 3 days pregnant and I work in a kitchen im finding it really hard to cope with the heat. I get light headed and dizzy. As the weather is getting hotter I am getting worried about over heating as I am rather large too. I don't even get a break most of the time. My boss was ok when I told her I was pregnant and said if I needed time off it would be ok. But I had a bad batch of gastro last week and she really wasn't ok with it! She was not very pleasant at all. She stressed me out so much cos I was sick and not ms. Help please I don't know if its safe for bub to work in extreme heat
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    Im a chef and no how hot kitchens can get. I decided before i started ttc that i wouldnt work in that environment while preg...no that i could have handled the smells etc.
    The only thing i would suggest is trying to limit your time in the hot section and drinking heaps of water (iced if poss). Taking a few minutes to hang out in the cool room is good too. I would sometimes wet my chef hat and wear that wet, but like i said i wasnt preg.
    I wouldnt be comfortable working in that type of environment while preg, is there a possibility of finding new work?

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    We don't have a cool room at this work :-( the smells are horrible too. I have been trying to find a new job but there isn't much around here at the moment. I think im going to have to leave job or no job as its not good for bub. I hardly get the time to even drink water. I have been trying but the weather is only getting hotter and so is the kitchen :-(

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    How tricky for you. the sound of your working conditions are awful and not really safe for pregnancy. Not enough time for a drink and I'm guessing meal breaks are unreliable too. I'd find another job. Xxx good luck. You want to try and enjoy your pregnancy.

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    No meal breaks. Most of the time not even a 5 min break. I have been trying for nearly 5 weeks as I found out at 4 weeks and I just cant seem to get it to work :-( I want to work as long as I can but I think this is about it for this job

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    You're entitled to a safe workplace at all times, but obviously in some occupations that becomes even more important during pregnancy. If the poor conditions in your role can't be made safe, i.e. Regular water breaks, ability to move to doing cooler tasks when necessary, then they are legally obligated to provide you with a "safe job" at your ordinary base rate of pay. If they can't provide you with a safe job, you're entitled to take "no safe job leave" which is fully paid leave until the baby arrives. They might consider being a bit more flexible and caring if the idea of having to pay you for the next 7 months when you're not working comes is presented to them.

    http://www.fairwork.gov.au/leave/par...employees.aspx

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    Its a small business a very busy one and I know I am probably an inconvenience to them too but I'm lucky if I get a 5 min break and its getting harder as it gets hotter. She said its up to me if I stay there. Maybe best all round if I leave :-( hopefully something will come up for a few months

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