United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Question 416: This question refers to the answer to

Question 84 under §20.1208. It has also been asserted that

the declared pregnant woman (DPW) declaration can be

prospective. Are there any limits on how frequently or how

long a duration a person can declare they are in a DPW,

e.g., 10 years?

Answer: No. There is no limit in 10 CFR Part 20 "on how

frequently or how long a duration a person can declare they

are in a DPW status." A woman can state that she is

pregnant any time she feels it is necessary for her to do

so. However, by definition (in Part 20) a DPW has

voluntarily informed her employer, in writing, of her

pregnancy and of the estimated date of conception.

Furthermore, there can be no "prospective" declaration of

pregnancy. In the definition of a "declared pregnant

woman," the words ". . . informed her employer of her

pregnancy . . ." mean that the woman has informed her

employer that she is pregnant, not that she will be, or

intends to become, pregnant at some time in the future.

(References: 10 CFR 20.1003, 10 CFR 20.1208).

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