RE: [Histonet] Pregnancy

From:"Bernice Frederick"

Not having kids,I can still sympathize as I have seen many a pregnant
resident. They could fortunately rearrange their schedules to be off
anatomic path rotation at the time. 
I tend to avoid the processors when I have bronchitis as xylene drops my
voice into the baritone range and make sure everyone knows it.
For you pregnant women, stay away fro chemlawn too. If it can cause lymphoma
in dogs as well as miscarriages (this is not firsthand but from working in
the gross room and seeing patient history)I'd have loved to have called the
person,but that would have been my job.

Bernice Frederick HTL (ASCP)
Northwestern University
Pathology Core Facility
710 N Fairbanks Court
Olson 8-421
Chicago,IL 60611

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Robyn
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 9:13 AM
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Pregnancy

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-----
[] On Behalf Of Rene J Buesa
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 12:30 PM
To: Douglas D Deltour;
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Pregnancy
Importance: Low

  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
  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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