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UVM Pregnancy Policy for Radiation handlers


The first trimester is known to be the most radiosensitive time for a fetus, thus, it is beneficial, but not required, to meet with the RSO as soon as possible to review safety practices and monitoring options.

  1. It is up to the pregnant radiation worker to decide whether or not she will formally declare her pregnancy to the RSO.
      She may choose to declare her pregnancy to the RSO. The Director of the RSO will meet with the pregnant worker to review radiation safety procedures, the risk to the fetus, and NRC Regulatory Guide 8.13 (pdf).
    • She may choose to not declare her pregnancy to the RSO. In this case, only the radiation limits for adult radiation workers will be in effect, not the limit for the fetus.

      Undeclared pregnant women are protected under the regulations for adult radiation workers.

  2. All female radiation workers will be given a copy of the NRC Regulatory Guide 8.13 (pdf) as part of the process of becoming a certified radiation handler.

Last modified November 29 2010 10:29 AM

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