Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2003 08:58:59 -0800
Reply-To: "Campbell, Raymond" <Raymond.Campbell**At_Symbol_Here**AMO-INC.COM>
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From: "Campbell, Raymond" <Raymond.Campbell**At_Symbol_Here**AMO-INC.COM>
Subject: Re: Pregnanacy in labs
Comments: To: Regina Frasca

Pregnant or not, a number of legal cases and common sense state that we
must reduce the level of contaminants. The use of fume hoods etc. are
supposed to reduce the levels and if not we must increase the
ventilation. If possible, can someone else assist her when exposure will
be highest?

Ray  Campbell    R.E.A.
Environmental/Safety Manager
Advanced Medical Optics
1700 E. St. Andrew   M/S SA-2E
Santa Ana, Ca. 92705

" It is important not to panic."
John Walsh
September 15, 2001

-----Original Message-----
From: Regina Frasca [mailto:rfrasca**At_Symbol_Here**CSUSM.EDU]
Sent: Friday, October 24, 2003 3:51 PM
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [DCHAS-L] 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
proceed? _______________

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
RM&S:  Contributing to a total learning environment by providing
support, guidance, and leadership, which promotes safety and preserves
the human and physical resources of the campus community. Finance &
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