Policy on Declared
Pregnant Radiation Workers
To assure compliance with the revised Nuclear Regulatory Commission
(NRC) regulations pertaining to declared pregnant radiation workers,
the All University Radiation Protection Advisory Committee has adopted
the following policy:
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At the time of employment and on an annual basis
thereafter, all personnel who work with sources of ionizing radiation
will be informed of the recommendations of the NRC relative to the
control of radiation exposure received by declared pregnant women.
The supervisor (permit holder, registrant or designate) will be
responsible for conducting this training, which should include an
explanation of the new category of "declared" pregnant radiation
worker. In the event that a worker declares pregnancy (in writing
to her supervisor), the supervisor or his/her designate shall contact
the Radiation Protection Division (RPD) to arrange for the completion
of specific training.
of Supervisor (Permit Holder or designate)
New employee training and annual refresher
training shall provide information on the new "declared" pregnant
category of radiation worker and the reason why the NRC and State of
Minnesota radiation protection rules recommend that a pregnant woman
declare pregnancy. NRC Regulatory Guide 8.13 (Appendix S of the
University Radiation Protection Manual) will be used in this training.
During these training sessions the supervisor needs to inform all staff
members that Appendix S contains information concerning prenatal
radiation exposure and that specific steps must be followed once a
worker declares her pregnancy.
Following declaration of pregnancy (contact the
RPD for official form), the supervisor shall contact the RPD to arrange
a training session for the pregnant worker and themselves.
NOTE: Prior to the training
session, the supervisor and the pregnant worker must read the NRC guide
reprinted in Appendix S of the Radiation Protection Manual.
The training session will include a review of
this guide and of the precautions and procedures to be followed to
assure that the worker's radiation dose is maintained within 500 mrem
(total effective dose equivalent = summation of external and internal
dose) for the entire 9-month gestation period. Also, the work
assignment during pregnancy should be such that the pregnant woman does
not exceed 50 mrem/month for each month following the declaration of
NOTE: If the pregnant women
agree, the supervisor may wish to assign her to duties that do not
involve occupational radiation exposure. This is especially true if she
has been involved in protocols that may present a potential for
internal uptake of radioactive material (some chemical forms of I-125,
S-35, C-14, and H-3).
A signed record of the above training shall be
kept on file by the supervisor and a copy retained by the RPD.
A film badge dosimeter will be issued to the
worker at the training session. The supervisor will assure that
dosimetry film is returned to the RPD for processing on a monthly
If required, assure that bioassay samples and
counts (urine analysis and/or thyroid count) are completed on the
required monthly schedule. Notify the RPD in the event of any
radioactive materials spill, and arrange for appropriate bioassay
monitoring for the pregnant person.
of the "Declared Pregnant Worker"
Complete and sign the "Declaration
of Pregnancy" form, and give it to your supervisor.
Read NRC Guide 8.13 "Instructions Concerning
Prenatal Radiation Exposure" (Appendix S pages 1-9, University
Radiation Protection Manual). Attend training provided by the RPD on
precautions to be followed or changes in work assignment to assure that
radiation exposure is maintained below 500 mrem for the entire
gestation period, and 50 mrem/month during pregnancy.
Complete and sign the film badge request card
(available from the RPD). Be sure to change the film on the monthly
change schedule, and return the used film to the RPD. After
completion of the pregnancy term be sure to return the film badge
holder along with the last month's film.
If you will handle potentially volatile
radioactive materials, submit a monthly urine sample and/or report to
the RPD for a thyroid count on a monthly basis. The RPD staff can
assist you in determining if a radioactive material presents a