RE: [Histonet] Pregnancy

From:Rene J Buesa

I never paid attention to the "discriminating" claim because if the pregnant woman is assigned tasks away from dangerous chemicals WITHOUT affecting her salary, I don't see any discrimination.
  Granted that thre allways be some "colleague" that could complaint because of some extra work load caused by that change in tasks, but in any event that is something that will last 9 months only and life is too sacred, too precious, to put is at risk for any sort of petty arguments.
  That is how I see it and how I always did it
  René J.

Robyn Vazquez  wrote:
    I wish this precautions were taken with me when I worked in Portland, OR  I had a problem pregnancy and still required to change the Tissue Tek chemicals, because "it wasn't fair".  I lost my baby at 5 ˝ months.  And was devastated, but still had to be back to work the next day, as not to put anyone out as to pick up my load.  Plus there is more, but won't go into it.  Needless to say, my manager NEVER stepped in to help me.  Some managers need to be more proactive with their pregnant employees, regardless if is discriminating, use common sense.

>>> "Stritmatter, Andrea"  2/18/2008 12:46 PM >>>
  As a new mother of a 7 month old son and a manager of a histology lab, you have to work with the pregnant individual on this.  It is discrimination (at least in Washington state) if forbid them to work in the lab.  I chose not to take x-rays or handle DAB during my pregnancy.  Otherwise I worked normally in the lab.  I ended up with pregnancy complications and couldn't stand all day so I did a lot of paperwork catch up too.  Ultimately, it's up to the manager and the employee to work together to find duties you all agree on.  Your HR department should be able to assist in this too.

Andrea Stritmatter, HTL(ASCP)

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Rene J Buesa
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 12:30 PM
To: Douglas D Deltour;
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Pregnancy
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  All chemicals used in the lab have TWA values LOWER for pregnant women and infants, and that is the reason why pregnant women should not work in the lab environment, regardles it may have TWA levels for adults within the limits.
  René J.

Douglas D Deltour  wrote:
  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

Office (803)252-1913

Fax (803)254-3262 


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