Pregnancy and Radiation Safety

Employees in the Emory community who work with radiation have the option of notifying and are encouraged to notify the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) of suspected or confirmed pregnancies as soon as possible, so that the RSO can work with the employee and her supervisor to monitor the radiation exposure levels during the pregnancy and take measures, as appropriate, to maintain exposures as low as reasonably achievable and within regulatory limits.

All radiation workers will be informed of applicable state and federal regulations regarding occupational exposure to the fetus from ionizing radiation during their initial radiation safety training. As soon as a radiation worker determines that she is pregnant, she should (unless privacy is desired) advise her supervisor and declare her pregnancy in writing using the Voluntary Pregnancy Declaration form (found in the Dosimetry Forms link below). Once the form is submitted, a professional from Radiation Safety will review the past radiation exposure history of the declared pregnant radiation worker and her job function and determine if radiation restrictions should be applied. If so, these restrictions will be discussed with the individual and her supervisor and will be provided to both in writing.

A copy of the document "Guide for Instruction Concerning Prenatal Radiation Exposure" (found in the Resources link below) will be given to the declared pregnant radiation worker, as required, during a consultation with a Radiation Safety Professional. Once the employee completes the consultation with a member of Radiation Safety (either in-person or remote), the Radiation Safety member will complete the consultation portion of the Voluntary Pregnancy Declaration. Radiation Safety will then issue a monthly fetal badge for the declared pregnant radiation worker to wear at the waist in addition to her regular badge(s).

A radiation worker may, without declaring pregnancy, consult with Radiation Safety concerning issues relating to exposure of an embryo/fetus to radiation in the course of the employee’s job.