AW: [Histonet] Pregnancy

From:"Gudrun Lang"

There are a few points, that a pregnant woman has to avoid. For example in
the DNA-probes for FISH the teratogen Formamid is a part of it. Also the
stuff, that is probably cancerogen is not a safe inviroment. I think of
xylen, benzol, DAB and also formaldehyd. In our lab pregnant histotechs are
not allowed to get in touch with fresh specimen. -- no grossing, no frozen
I think the danger of a hepatitis or anti-viral-therapy is to big to take
the risk.
I have the opinion, that making the workplace save for a pregnant colleage
has nothing to do with discrimination! 
I am sure there is allways a place, where someone can put a microtome and a
waterbath, without any danger. Regardless of any legal regulations it is a
matter of personal integrity. If anybody wants to take the risk for her
baby, it's her thing - but the manager has to give the possibility of

Gudrun Lang
Biomed. Analytikerin
Akh Linz
Krankenhausstr. 9
4020 Linz

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[] Im Auftrag von Douglas D
Gesendet: Montag, 18. Februar 2008 18:23
Betreff: [Histonet] Pregnancy

No not me.. but.


What are the regulations/guidelines for working in a histology lab while one
is pregnant? Is this an individual choice or a doctor choice? Are there any
liabilities if something happens? Thanks. 



Douglas D. Deltour HT(ASCP)

Histology Manager

Professional Pathology Services, PC

One Science Court

Suite 200

Columbia, SC 29203

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