Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 15:50:48 -0700
Reply-To: Regina Frasca <rfrasca**At_Symbol_Here**CSUSM.EDU>
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From: Regina Frasca <rfrasca**At_Symbol_Here**CSUSM.EDU>
Subject: Pregnanacy in labs
Can you help me assist my colleague?  I am sure this has already been
discussed.  Any direct comments on how the safety manager should

Hi folks.  I've got a question.  We've got a veterinary surgeon who has
recently become pregnant and has been advised by our contract OSHA
physician to avoid Paraformaldehyde, Halothane, and all other organic
chemicals used in the lab where she works.  There is some question as to
whether this is going a bit overboard.  The result of this restriction
will be that the employee loses her job during her pregancy and until
she has stopped nursing.
I'm curious what other colleges and universities do when a lab worker
become pregnant?  Are all of these lab workers losing their jobs?  If
not, how do you handle the exposure?
Thanks much in advance for your input.

Regina M. Frasca 
Cal State University San Marcos 
Director of Risk Management & Safety 
Work: 760-750-4502 
Fax:    760-750-3208 
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support, guidance, and leadership, which promotes safety and preserves
the human and physical resources of the campus community.
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