[Histonet] Clarification of Legality of work

McCormick, James JMcCormick <@t> schosp.org
Thu Jun 5 15:51:45 CDT 2008

Second response: from "an interested pathologist" 
When I was a young man, I too was called "freckles !

Why not take all of the information that you have gathered to your pathologist/boss with the concerns expressed. 
Ask him to clear the road by HIS formal  employment of his daughter and when properly employed (at his risk) bring her into the lab as an apprentice. In this role she should have the responsibility ( on work time) to WRITE weekly reports on her work.  I have a hunch that this routine might be too rigorous for her to last.  On the other hand, if she flourishes with success in an agenda of progression that has been assigned to her apprentice role....you may have contributed to motivating another quality person to our profession.  Will she resume and complete her formal schooling  in the fall???..........good idea ! 

Good luck,
J.B.McCormick, M.D,

-----Original Message-----
From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Karla Arrington
Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2008 3:07 PM
To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: [Histonet] Clarification of Legality of work

Fellow Histo's:
Thanks for the many responses. But I feel that I have to clarify the situation.  In this state, HT's are very hard to come by. So with that in mind, the Pathologist suggested his 15 year old daughter to help me, working summers and holidays.  The plan is for me to train her as a Histology student taking their clinical.  Also, the Pathologist wants her to take the on-line HT program to get certified.  Do you not have to have a high school diploma first? She is only 15!!  She is also to be paid by the companies payroll.  She has not been exposed to any of the basics.  So therefore, I am "teaching" a minor every aspect of Histology. When I need time off, she will be responsible for the work that is performed.  This includes embedding, microtomy, staining, special stains, IHC's, maintenance; etc.  She would be a 15 year old doing the work of a certified HT.  To this I feel very uncomfortable.  In response, I called our state Child Labor law
 department and they said that  it is ILLEGAL for a minor, under the age of 17 to be working in the medical laboratory, especially with blood borne pathogens.  When she is here, I am solely responsible for her as her parent is usually unavailable, so therefore no direct supervision by the Pathologist.  If "caught", I don't want to loose my HT license because of this. If I disagree
to not "teach" his daughter, I know there will be consequences for me.  And that leads to the second dilemma.
Any suggestion?
freckles9660 <@t> yahoo.com

Histonet mailing list
Histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu

***  Confidentiality Statement ***
This e-mail is intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged and confidential. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, please notify the sender immediately by replying to this message and then delete it from your system. Any review, dissemination, distribution, or reproduction of this message by unintended recipients is strictly prohibited and may be subject to legal restriction.

Thank you for your cooperation.

More information about the Histonet mailing list