Pregnant women participating in laboratory or field work, along with their project supervisors, should conduct an over-all risk assessment of their duties as early as possible in the pregnancy (or prior if planning pregnancy). Part of that assessment must include a review of chemicals used in the work environment, particularly the KMRA(CMRS) categories (see below section on dangerous substances). Uni Research guidelines state that pregnant women should not work with KMRA/CMRS chemicals. Consideration should also be given to any biological agents in category 2, 3, or 4 to which the women may be exposed. For example:
Detailed information on national guidelines can be found in the Arbeidstilsynet publication number 587: Veiledning om Arbeidstakere som er gravide… – risikovurdering og iverksetting av tiltak. (www.arbeidstilsynet.no >regelverk >veiledninger)
Uni Research has developed special safety instructions for certain categories of chemicals. These can be found in Chapter 10 and on Uni intranett (uni.no > intranett > HMS or HSE > sec. 7.1.5) Categories include the following types of chemicals:
Work in the Isotope room, 228 B1 and B2 Only authorised personnel are allowed to use the room. Group Leaders are responsible for ensuring the training and authorisation of lab members. For detailed instructions regarding safety, rules and best pratices in the Isotope room, please refer to the facility handbook. Brief guidelines (see ANNEX 5)
CMR chemicals shall only be handled in ventilated hoods. Use protective gloves and lab coat. The specific rules on how to handle these kinds of chemicals are given in Chapter 10.
For the most commonly used dangerous chemicals at the Sars Centre, specific Working Instruction guides have been created to ensure safe handling and decrease the chance of exposure and accidents (see Annex 10). Working Instructions are currently available for the following chemicals: