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Radiation Safety Index > Pregnancy Declaration

Is there additional information for radiation workers?

With respect to ionizing radiation hazards, all female radiation workers must read USNRC Regulatory Guide 8.13 "Instruction Concerning Prenatal Radiation Exposure", listed in Appendix C of the Brown University Radiation Safety Manual or access the document through the link provided below:

http://www.brown.edu/Administration/EHS/public/rg_8.13.pdf

A female radiation worker has the option to report confirmed pregnancies at the earliest possible date to their supervisor and the campus radiation safety officer (RSO).

A declared pregnant woman means a woman who has voluntarily informed their supervisor and the RSO, in writing, of her pregnancy and the estimated date of conception. The declaration remains in effect until the declared pregnant woman withdraws the declaration in writing or is no longer pregnant. Declaring a pregnancy is voluntary; however, it is prudent for the pregnant woman to consult with her supervisor regarding safe work practices. Female employees who report their pregnancy could, at the discretion of the supervisor (in discussion with the RSO), be transferred to duties with limited radiation exposure.  The RSO shall ensure that the dose equivalent to an embryo/fetus during the entire pregnancy, due to occupational exposure of a declared pregnant woman, does not exceed 5 mSv (0.5 rem).
It is the supervisor's responsibility to inform female radiation workers of this regulation.

 
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