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New British standard published to provide guidance for organisations on supporting the menstrual and menopausal health of their employees

Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has published a revolutionary new British standard. BS 30416 aims to provide all businesses with guidance on how they can adequately support their employees who menstruate and experience menopause symptoms.

Menstruation and menopause are complex and often misunderstood but, in some cases, can have detrimental physical and mental health impacts to those experiencing them. The lack of open discussion around these topics can make it difficult for individuals to be at their best in the workplace – and for businesses to provide adequate support.

BS 30416 is a free, practical toolkit for businesses of all sizes and sectors.

Developed by experts in the field of menstruation, menopause, HR and occupational health and academics, this document aims to help organizations identify the misconceptions around menstruation and menopause. It also identifies the impact of stigma surrounding these topics on workplace cultures and support.

This standard helps businesses to take action to make their workplace more inclusive. BS 30416 contains examples of actions and adjustments that can be taken to improve employees’ wellbeing. Examples of these include:

  • Physical aspects of work
  • Policy guidance and practices
  • Supportive workplace cultures
  • Work design
  • Inclusivity
  • Evaluation and metrics

There are also practical annexes with checklists and tools to use such as:

  • Tips for having confidential conversations
  • Conversation topics and potential workplace adjustments based on symptoms
  • Team management considerations
  • Ideas for facilitating culture change
  • Training considerations
  • Further reading

The guidance will be especially useful to individuals within businesses who are responsible for managing employee workload, wellbeing, or the work environment.

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