Re: [Histonet] Pregnancy

From:Lee Sloan

Howdy Folks from the great state of Texas:
  In a previous life, I was Human Resources/Environmental Safety manager.  Thank goodness, I got smart and got out of that business.
  If this situation were to occur in my facility,  I would make sure that all of the ducks are in a row.  First  I would get a note listing any workplace restrictions for the expectant mother  Second...I would make sure that the treating doctor was able to take a look at the job hazard analysis of that particular workstation.  This JHA should list any known airborne contaminants or any other detailed hazardous conditions along with appropriate documented readings...I would also consult any MSDS's for the chemicals that are used in that workarea...I would bundle all of that up and deliver it to the doctor and make sure that the treating doctor is able to review it and sign off on it...
However to be on the humane side of things...if your facility can afford it, I would move the expectant mother outta that laboratory situation into another similiar position with the same pay and possibly even better working hours and better working conditions for the duration of the pregnancy.  
  ***If you moved the new mother into say a front office position or another non laboratory position, that is STILL in the same physical cover all the bases, I would still invest in a neutral 3rd party air borne samplings to ensure that she isn't in contact with any bad stuff....this shows good intent on your part***

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

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