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Do you mean that it is not safe for a pregnant woman to ingest aspirin or, that it is unsafe for the pw to be in the presence of aspirin or chemicals reacted to make aspirin? I would expect that any procedures designed for the aspirin-making experiment would eliminate ingestion, as well as skin absorption and inhalation, as routes of exposure.
Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 10:08 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] 2 Re: [DCHAS-L] pregnant student in chemistry lab
"Ben Ruekberg" <bruekberg**At_Symbol_Here**chm.uri.edu> <
Date: August 10, 2010 8:02:39 AM EDT
Subject: RE: [DCHAS-L] pregnant student in chemistry lab
I must take exception to the generalization that it a lab is not safe for a
pregnant person, it is not safe for anyone. Consider the relatively common
lab experiment of making aspirin. Aspirin is safe for most people, but not
Date: August 10, 2010 11:00:18 AM EDT
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] pregnant student in chemistry lab
work as an Industrial Hygiene Chemist so protecting employees from
& over exposure is my main purpose. I had a baby last year and
work in the lab while pregnant & while breast-feeding. I avoided the
certain known teratogens (specifically CS2) and double-gloved when I
anything else. All of my work was performed in a fume hood. I too took
I used common sense & did what I felt comfortable with. I think offering the student choices would be the best route. I'm sure the student can meet the learning objectives of the labs through other means.
Good luck! Glad to see that you are being proactive & taking the concern seriously.
Industrial Hygiene & Environmental Chemist
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