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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:

Site Occupational Medical Director
Peter Lichty, MD, MOH
(510) 486-6266
pdlichty@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:

Site Occupational Medical Director
Peter Lichty, MD, MOH
(510) 486-6266
pdlichty@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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