PG in lab

From:Kathy Gorham <>

Good morning fellow histotechs,
Another few questions from Eastern Oregon.  Do you have a protocol for
pregnant histotechs? ? ?  Are they allowed to continue to work as usual?
The lab manager just presented me with an article that xylene is a risk to
the unborn child.  (like I don't know how dangerous our chemicals are) And
wants me to investigate replacements for  xylene.  I tried several
substitutes years ago and went back to xylene.   Do you use a xylene
substitute?  Which one?  How do you handle the concern for the techs who
are in their child bearing years if you use xylene?   Thanks for your
expertise once again.

Kathy Gorham, H.T.
Grande Ronde Hospital
Ls Grande, Oregon

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