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Pregnancy and Work Exposures

    Title:

    Pregnancy and Work Exposures

    Publication date:

    8/8/2013

    Effective date:

    11/25/2008

    BRIEF

    Policy Summary

    The Pregnancy and Work Exposures policy at Berkeley Lab is used to assess and control workplace exposures for declared pregnant workers (DPWs), including:

    • Radiation exposure
    • Chemical exposure
    • Physical hazards

    Who Should Read This Policy

    All Laboratory employees who could become pregnant

    To Read the Full Policy, Go To:

    The POLICY tab on this wiki page

    To Read the ES&H Program Details, Go To:

    Contact Information

    For assistance or information on research-related immunizations, contact:

    Laboratory Medical Director
    Pedro Estacio, MD
    (510) 486-7589
    PLEstacio@lbl.gov

    or

    Health Services Program Manager
    Sue Broadway
    (510) 486-6266
    scbroadway@lbl.gov

    Title:

    Pregnancy and Work Exposures

    Publication date:

    8/8/2013

    Effective date:

    11/25/2008

    POLICY

    A. Purpose

    The Pregnancy and Work Exposures policy at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is used to assess and control workplace exposures for declared pregnant workers (DPWs), including:

    • Radiation exposure
    • Chemical exposure
    • Physical hazards

    B. Persons Affected

    All Laboratory employees who could become pregnant

    C. Exceptions

    None

    D. Policy Statement

    1. Disclosure of pregnancy is voluntary.
    2. When a Berkeley Lab employee self-discloses a pregnancy to the Laboratory's Health Services, that employee is asked to complete and submit a Declared Pregnant Worker Form.
    3. A health professional will discuss with the pregnant employee her work environment and determine whether any changes are required to protect the employee and her baby. See PUB-3000, Section 21.9.4, Declared Pregnant Radiation Workers, in Chapter 21, Radiation Safety.
    4. Health Services will coordinate with an industrial hygienist, radiation professionals, or other health and safety subject matter experts to identify, assess, and control exposures in the employee's work environment.

    E. Roles and Responsibilities

    Role

    Responsibility

    Berkeley Lab Health Services

    • Maintains the DPW process
    • Coordinates with EH&S subject matter experts on DPW job assessment(s)

    Declared Pregnant Workers

    • Contact Berkeley Lab Health Services when willing to disclose pregnancy
    • Complete DPW Form as requested by Health Services
    • Provide information about job tasks to EH&S professional conducting the exposure assessment
    • Follow all controls provided by EH&S for exposure control

    Berkeley Lab EH&S Subject Matter Expert(s)

    • Identify exposure potentials for DPWs
    • Assess level of potential hazards for DPWs
    • Determine control measures
    • Track implementation and effectiveness of control measures

    F. Definitions/Acronyms

    See PUB-3000, Chapter 3, for technical terms related to the details of this policy and its implementation.

    Term

    Definition

    DPW

    Declared pregnant worker

    G. Recordkeeping Requirements

    Health Services – Declared Pregnant Work forms

    H. Implementing Documents

    Document Number

    PUB-3000 Reference

    Title

    Type

    07.05.003.001

    Chapter 3, Section 3.14

    Pregnancy

    Procedure

    07.05.003.002

    Chapter 21, Section 21.9.4

    Declared Pregnant Radiation Workers

    Procedure

    07.07.005.001

    Chapter 4, Section 4.7

    Chemicals

    Procedure

    07.07.013.001

    Chapter 4, Chapter 4.18

    Exposure Assessment

    Procedure

    I. Contact Information

    For assistance or information on the Pregnancy and Work Exposures policy, contact:

    Laboratory Medical Director
    Pedro Estacio, MD
    (510) 486-7589
    PLEstacio@lbl.gov
    or

    Health Services Program Manager
    Sue Broadway
    (510) 486-6266
    scbroadway@lbl.gov

    J. Revision History

    Date

    Revision

    By whom

    Revision Description

    Section(s) affected

    Change Type

    8/8/2013

    1.1

    P. Lichty

    Review completed 7/24/13;one editorial change;update next review date

    Brief-Summary

    Minor

    1/2/2012

    1

    P. Lichty

    Rewrite for RPM

    All

    Minor

    DOCUMENT INFORMATION

    Title:

    Pregnancy and Work Exposures

    Document number

    07.05.003.000

    Revision number

    1.1

    Publication date:

    8/8/2013

    Effective date:

    11/25/2008

    Next review date:

    7/24/2016

    Policy Area:

    Health Services Programs

    RPM Section (home)

    ESH

    RPM Section (cross-reference)

    none

    Functional Division

    EH&S

    Prior reference information (optional)

     

    Source Requirements Documents

    10 CFR 835, Occupational Radiation Protection

    Implementing Documents

    Document Number

    PUB-3000 Reference

    Title

    Type

    07.05.003.001

    Chapter 3, Section 3.14

    Pregnancy

    Procedure

    07.05.003.002

    Chapter 21, Section 21.9.4

    Declared Pregnant Radiation Workers

    Procedure

    07.07.005.001

    Chapter 4, Section 4.7

    Chemicals

    Procedure

    07.07.013.001

    Chapter 4, Chapter 4.18

    Exposure Assessment

    Procedure

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