Carol, if it is necessary to wear a mask when changing regents on
the processor then your working conditions are inadequate i.e
inappropriate machinery and ventilation.
If your supervisors are not aware of this then tell them and if they
are complacent about it then let them do the work, especially if
there is any chance of exposure to potentially
carcinogenic/teratogenic compounds. No job is more important
than your health and that of your unborn child.
I have supervised three women through pregnancies at work and as
soon as this has been notified then they have been withdrawn from
any procedures (despite safety measures) that could potentially
lead to exposure.
I am sorry if this sounds alarmist but I am fed up with the
persistence of a blase' and dated attitude by many to their staff.
By the way, congratulations.
Head of Histopathology and Electron Microscopy
Medical Research Council,
Oxfordshire, OX11 ORD
Fax 01235 834776
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