Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 14:42:38 -0400
Reply-To: "Ralph Stuart, University of Vermont" <rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**>
Sender: DCHAS-L Discussion List <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU>
From: "Ralph Stuart, University of Vermont" <rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: Pregnancy policies follow-up questions

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

We believe this is the way the "Prudent Person" referred to in the
classic "Prudent Practices" ( now available on-line at    ) would handle this
important question.

Hope this helps!


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