Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 14:34:42 -0400 From: "George H. Wahl, Jr"
Subject: Re: Pregnancy policies follow-up questions We make a general statement as part of the Safety training in each semester's Organic labs. Folks who believe they are pregnant, or who plan to get pregnant during the semester, are advised to at a minimum take their lab book to their OB/GYN for advice. Any woman (we've not had any men, yet!) who feels nervous about the imagined dangers of the lab to the unborn, is given a chance to drop right away, and take it without penalty after she has delivered. For this and many other reasons, we switched to Micro-Scale experiments more than 15 years ago. Great savings in cost of materials, cost of waste disposal, time to do an experiment. The dangers of anyone becoming exposed to a large dose of any hazardous material is greatly diminished. Only sufficient chemicals for the class to do the day's experiment are available in the open student lab. We believe this is the way the "Prudent Person" referred to in the classic "Prudent Practices" ( now available on-line at http://www.nap.edu/books/0309052297/html/ ) would handle this important question. Hope this helps! George
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