Date: Sat, 3 Apr 2010 22:02:29 -0400
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From: "Dr. Jay A. Young" <chemsafety**At_Symbol_Here**VERIZON.NET>
Subject: Re: Reproductive Health and Safety in a Biotech

I suggest using Google to obtain the titles of three or four of the most authoritative reference books on the topic of terato-toxicity.  Review each of the identified books and select one or more of them to obtain the information you want to present in your seminar.
You will find that, actually, we know very little about which chemicals are hazardous with respect to reproductive human health.  When you think about it of course, you see immediately that it not easy to obtain the necessary information since we cannot experiment with pregnant women or potential fathers as our experimental subjects.  We must resort to using animals and then figure out whether or not the results of such evaluations can be applied directly or in modified form to humans.
Good Luck!  You'll need it.
Jay Young
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From: Danielle Boren
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Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 4:41 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Reproductive Health and Safety in a Biotech

Hello All,

I=92m wondering if anyone has dealt with training scientists (chemists and biologists) on potential reproductive hazards in the laboratory.

I work for a biotech company, and currently we have 7 pregnant employees (110 employees total). All of these employees are in the medicinal chemistry group.  It has been my experience that the pregnant employees are very cautious and knowledgeable about the hazards they are working with, however not all of their co-workers are.

My company would like me to present a training or seminar of some sort that educates and informs all laboratory workers of the reproductive hazards they work with.

Has anyone else done this before? Any resources or suggestions?

Thank you.

Danielle M. Boren

Laboratory Safety Manager

Senomyx, Inc.

4767 Nexus Center Dr. San Diego, Ca 92121

858-646-8357 office

858-404-0752 fax

858-401-2374 mobile

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