Dr. Schmidt- Nebril , I am a methods development chemist and working in the lab as well while pregnant in 1995. The role of the CHP in a scientifically literate lab setting is to allow the knowledgeable chemist and the management to determine how to manage the lab situation so that she can continue her work. In my case,. my manager was going to force me, the only degreed chemist in the lab with higher level responsibilities, to not work in the lab at all, even with pH meters!! I brought the MSDS and work information to the company's occupational physician and my own internist , and they agreed with me that the laboratory was safe for me to work in. My daughter was born quite healthy. As Ms. Harrington pointed out, if the exposure is not safe for a pregnant woman, it is not safe for anyone. And after all, there is teratogenic and mutagenic infornation in the MSDS. As for the OSHA decision, apparently my manager (retired from the company) was not aware of it at the time. Ujjvala (Vaiju) Bagal Specialist, Methods Development Phone: 01-912-964-9050 ext.53236 Fax: 01-912-966-5917 Email: Vaiju.Bagal**At_Symbol_Here**emdchemicals.com EMD Chemicals 110 EMD Blvd Savannah, GA 31407 Home: www.emdchemicals.com This message and any attachment(s) are confidential and may be privileged or otherwise protected from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you must not copy this message or attachment(s) or disclose the content to any other person. If you have received this transmission in error, please notify the sender immediately and delete the message and any attachment from your system. EMD does not accept liability for any omissions or errors in this message which may arise as a result of E-Mail-transmission or for damages resulting from any unauthorized change of the content of this message and any attachment(s) thereto. EMD does not guarantee that this message is free of viruses and does not accept liability for any damages caused by any virus transmitted therewith. "Schmidt-Nebril, Kathleen"
Sent by: DCHAS-L Discussion List 08/09/2010 03:59 PM Please respond to DCHAS-L Discussion List To DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU cc Subject Re: [DCHAS-L] pregnant student in chemistry lab For my courses if a student is pregnant I do not allow them to participate in lab at all but rather set up "Dry" labs or use computer virtual labs in place of the real thing. The unborn fetus is so susceptible why take a risk especially when all or most of the exposure limits are based on adults. I also am biased on this from my own experience of being pregnant and performing lab work as a development chemist. I did have unexplained issues with both of my pregnancies years ago and can't help but feel that my exposure to chemicals may have contributed. I'd rather be safe then sorry with a student or see if they can arrange to take the class at a later date. Kathleen Schmidt-Nebril, NRCC-CHO Chemistry Division Department of Natural Science Dominican University River Forest, IL 60305 708-524-6533 -----Original Message----- From: DCHAS-L Discussion List on behalf of David C. Finster Sent: Mon 8/9/2010 1:54 PM To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU Subject: [DCHAS-L] pregnant student in chemistry lab I am aware that a student who will be taking a general chemistry course this fall is pregnant. I am writing to the list to seek advice about how to best handle this circumstance (assuming that one of the options - not taking the course - is not a preferred option). (I have checked the D-CHAS archives, and other sources, and found no particularly helpful answers to this question. This is not really a CHP matter since the student is not an employee - although we ordinarly use our CHP as the safety document for students, too.) So far as I know (but I can check this to be certain) none of the chemicals used in our general chemistry labs are teratogens. Thus, my initial suggested course of action is that the student participate in all of the labs experiments (using all of the PPE at all times that is recommended for all students.) We rarely use chemical hoods in this particular course since most of the chemicals we use present no significant inhalation risk. (We use hoods when there is an inhalation risk.) If there is some chemical that is, or is suspected to be, a teratogen, I would advise the student to skip that lab (and have the instructor determine how to do this without any penalty to the student). The pathway suggested above seems reasonable and prudent to me. However, since we live in a world where the consideration of worst-case scenarios is wise and legally prudent, it seems to me that having the student consult with her physician (with a complete list of chemicals "in hand") and having the physician and/or student "sign off" on some reasonable statement in advance seems smart. Since I would not expect a physician to be familiar with the teratogenic effects of "all chemicals", I would also present the physician with a detailed list of the known or suspected effects of each chemical (extracted from TOXNET) with regard to being handled while pregnant. The advice and experience of the D-CHAS group is welcome. Dave David C. Finster Professor of Chemistry University Chemical Hygiene Officer Department of Chemistry Wittenberg University dfinster**At_Symbol_Here**wittenberg.edu This message and any attachment are confidential and may be privileged or otherwise protected from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you must not copy this message or attachment or disclose the contents to any other person. If you have received this transmission in error, please notify the sender immediately and delete the message and any attachment from your system. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and any of its subsidiaries do not accept liability for any omissions or errors in this message which may arise as a result of E-Mail-transmission or for damages resulting from any unauthorized changes of the content of this message and any attachment thereto. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and any of its subsidiaries do not guarantee that this message is free of viruses and does not accept liability for any damages caused by any virus transmitted therewith. Click http://disclaimer.merck.de to access the German, French, Spanish and Portuguese versions of this disclaimer.
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