Developing a Periods and Menopause Policy

Published on Wednesday 16 October 2019

To mark World Menopause Day, we've developed a Periods and Menopause Policy for employees.

Angus Council is committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all employees through all stages of their working lives. This includes enabling employees who are experiencing problematic periods or menopausal symptoms to get the support they need in order to manage their symptoms at work.

Periods and the menopause can have a negative impact on an employee’s personal and working life. Although not everyone will experience symptoms, by supporting those who do, it is hoped that this will improve their wellbeing at work and minimise any impact on attendance at work. By creating an inclusive working environment staff will be able to ask for what they need, without judgement.

This important policy launches five months after the Council, working with Angus Community Planning Partnership, introduced free sanitary products in businesses and public buildings throughout Angus in a bid to reduce period poverty in the area.

Period poverty is where women are unable to afford basic menstrual hygiene products. Research has highlighted the scale of period poverty in the UK revealing that one in ten girls have been unable to afford sanitary wear and one in seven have struggled to afford sanitary wear. Access to free sanitary products has been in place in schools across the area since August 2018.