ILO Home
Go to the home page
Site map | Contact us Franįais | Espaņol

CISDOC database

Document ID (ISN)108150
CIS number 08-569
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Burdorf A., Figā-Talamanca I., Kold Jensen T., Thulstrup A.M.
Title Effects of occupational exposure on the reproductive system: Core evidence and practical implications
Bibliographic information 2006, Vol.56, p.516-520. 8 ref.
Abstract This literature survey concludes that evidence concerning occupational risk factors for adverse effects on the reproductive system is consistent for a limited number of risk factors, most notably exposure to lead, glycol ethers, organic solvents, pesticides and ionizing radiation. It remains difficult to arrive at sound conclusions on the level of exposure and the specific chemicals within the groups of glycol ethers, organic solvents and pesticides that are associated with an increased risk. Precautions to be taken for the protection of the reproductive health have so far focused on pregnant women in the workplace, although available evidence strongly suggests that exposure in the few months before conception may also be of importance, both among women and men.
Descriptors (primary) ionizing radiation; antifertility effects; risk factors; teratogenic effects; toxic substances
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; glycol ethers; expectant mothers; pesticides; organic solvents; lead and compounds
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceDenmark; Italy; Netherlands
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Physical hazards
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Antifertility and prenatal effects
Ionizing radiation
Genetic factors in reaction to exposures