7.2 Embryo/Fetus of a Declared Pregnant Radiation Worker

Under state and federal law, the dose limit of the pregnant radiation worker is 5,000 mrem per year until she specifically declares her pregnancy in a written and signed statement.  The declaration is voluntary.  The dose limit to the embryo/fetus is limited to 500 mrem for the duration of the pregnancy following receipt of a signed pregnancy declaration form. 

Upon the receipt of a pregnancy declaration form, EHS will monitor potential internal and/or external exposure to the embryo/fetus as appropriate.  A copy of EHS’s pregnancy declaration form is available at the EHS website.

EHS recommends that a pregnant radiation worker declare her pregnancy so that routine and non-routine work situations can be evaluated to ensure that the dose to the unborn child does not exceed 500 mrem over the duration of the pregnancy.