This directive — Council Directive on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health at work of pregnant workers and workers who have recently given birth or are breastfeeding (10th individual Directive within the meaning of Article 16 (1) of Directive 89/391/EEC) — laid down that exposure of such workers to certain risks must be avoided by provisionally adjusting their working conditions or hours.

Where such adjustment was not technically feasible, or could not reasonably be required, the worker concerned must be moved to another job. Otherwise, she must be granted leave for the whole of the period considered necessary to protect her safety and health.

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