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Reproductive and developmental hazards in the workplace.

Authors
  • McElgunn, B
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical excellence for nurse practitioners : the international journal of NPACE
Publication Date
May 01, 1998
Volume
2
Issue
3
Pages
140–145
Identifiers
PMID: 12675082
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Toxic exposures to both the father and the mother before conception and to the mother during pregnancy can affect fertility, the course of pregnancy, and fetal development. The present focus on cancer-causing chemicals in toxicity evaluations has overshadowed other important health endpoints, such as reproductive and developmental toxicity, that may occur at much lower levels of exposure. Environmental tobacco smoke, video display terminals, and indoor air quality are three of the most common concerns of pregnant women in their places of work. The controversies and uncertainties about these and the lack of data on other potential hazards make toxic exposure both a delicate and a necessary issue when counseling women about their workplace health during pregnancy.

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