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    Default Hazerdous working conditions? ... (Kind of long...)

    I work for an aerospace company - we make valves for airplanes, aircraft, rockes, space shuttles ect... i'm in the aerospace department.
    my job is complex because i work in the middle of the 'production lab' where tehy build and test valves... i'm administrative but i keep an inventory on the finished goods adn what is outgoing -- also i tons of secretarial duties that involve, talking on the phone, meetings, ect...

    my point of explaining this is, there are 2 test stands that use varsol to test the valves, its a jet fuel substitue---a solvent... we meet OSHA standards and i do not test the valves, in fact i sit 20 feet away frmo these stands.... a while ago they were emitting a HORRENDOUS stench and at times even now they may...

    i saw my OBGYN yesterday for my pre-conception visit and this was my main concern, i explained it to her and she said that it has to meet certain standards or else people coudln't work around it but then again a fetus is more delicate... she asked me if the people testing the valves wore ventilating masks (they do, but they didn't always) and if i could (i can't for my position and because i'm so hands on with the product i can't be moved out of the lab), so our conclusion is she can't assess if it's ok or not unless she knows exactly how much i'm exposed to and of what... so they're writing a letter to my human resources dept to get the information so she can assess how safe it is for a pregnant woman to be around... i guess i'll go from there, but i'm worried, i had a horrible day today (not to mention 5 days away from AF)....im just so worried, my husband works with me but in another department he's confident everything will be ok, i hope he's right... i also have to lift heavy boxes but i can find a way around that (we have carts), it's the fumes i'm concerned about....

    does anyone else have anything like this going on?

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    I hope you can get an answer soon! I'm a college science instructor and work with some chemicals, but I can avoid chemicals that I know are hazardous while pregnant.

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    I'm not sure about what you are working with but it sounds like your OB is trying to figure out what it best for you. It's always good to have a pro-active doc. I don't have anything similar with chemicals but I do work in a hospital and I am exposed to xrays. The only thing that works for sure with any of these is...distance is best! Hope you get some good info from your OB.
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    I work for an aerospace company also. I am currently almost 9 weeks pregnant. I work in an office in the the plant about half my day and out and about in the production areas for the other half. I do a lot of work with impellers, which are so heavy! Before I found out I was pregnant they were easy to lift, but now I worry. I found a lot of the guys are very helpful, and hand carts and pallet jacks make everything easier. The one thing that does bother me is I work by the melt department and there is "smoke" in the air quite often. I either go in my office, or outside for a few. I guess what I am trying to say is it probably isn't the "safest" job, but there are ways to make it a little better. I don't know about your boss, but mine is SOOO understanding and helps me in any way he can. Good luck to you!
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    Congrats Michelle!!
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    I have a friend who was a welder and her doctor had her off on sick leave as soon as she found out she was pregnant because of the chemicals. Luckily, I'm a Law Clerk/Paralegal so I don't have those issues. Good luck, and just remember, your doctor is only doing it to keep you and baby safe once you conceive!

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    mama2aboy, how cool that you work for an aerospace company! and congrats on your pregnanc!!!!

    my boss is REALLY cool and very understanding, also his daughter is pregnant so i'm sure he'll be even moer so - the guys in my shop are nice and i have carts as well to wheel around hte heavy boxes, i just got my BFP!!!!!!! so now i am even more cautious going into work today. thanks for all your input

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    Congrats!! How exciting! You should go over and join the November 2012 birth board. That's cool that your boss's daughter is pregnant also, I bet he will definetly be more understanding!
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