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Document ID (ISN)56822
CIS number 91-1668
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Agnew J., McDiarmid M.A., Lees P.S.J., Duffy R.
Title Reproductive hazards of fire fighting. I - Non-chemical hazards
Bibliographic information Apr. 1991, Vol.19, No.4, p.433-445. 86 ref.
Abstract Fire fighters are regularly exposed to chemical and non-chemical agents that have known or suspected adverse effects on reproductive health. Although chemical agents have received some attention, non-chemical hazards such as heat, noise, and physical exertion have only recently been examined for their reproductive effects. There is evidence that heat, noise, and physical exertion may have various effects on reproductive health, including loss of fertility, foetal loss, and retarded growth of offspring. In particular, hyperthermia, a major fire fighting hazard, has been shown to impair male fertility and may also be teratogenic. Further study of the potential reproductive effects of this and other common non-chemical agents in the fire environment is needed to learn more about the reproductive effects of non-chemical hazards on male and female fire fighters.
Descriptors (primary) fire fighting; physical hazards; exposure evaluation; antifertility effects
Descriptors (secondary) ionizing radiation; literature survey; neuropsychic stress; physical fatigue; heat load; biological hazards; women; noise
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Fires, explosions and major hazards
Browse category(ies) Antifertility and prenatal effects
Genetic factors in reaction to exposures
Exposure evaluation