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Document ID (ISN)56823
CIS number 91-1667
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) McDiarmid M.A., Lees P.S.J., Agnew J., Midzenski M., Duffy R.
Title Reproductive hazards of fire fighting. II - Chemical hazards
Bibliographic information Apr. 1991, Vol.19, No.4, p.447-472. ca. 220 ref.
Abstract Studies of the health of fire fighters have historically focused on non-malignant respiratory disease and cancer. More recently, concerns have surfaced about reproductive health effects in many areas of the workforce, including fire fighting. These concerns prompted this review of chemical exposures that may contribute to adverse reproductive health outcomes in male as well as female fire fighters. A review of the industrial hygiene literature was undertaken to identify agents commonly found in fire smoke. These agents were then examined for evidence of reproductive toxicity or mutagenicity/carcinogenicity. This profile of chemical agents and their reproductive toxicities permits a qualitative determination that fire fighters are exposed to potential reproductive toxicants as a part of their normal fire fighting duties. Considerations for mitigating these risks are also discussed.
Descriptors (primary) fire fighting; antifertility effects; chemical hazards; exposure evaluation; toxicology
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; trichlorophenol; dichlorofluoromethane; dichloromethane; chloroform; carbon monoxide; aldehydes; trichloroethylene; tetrachloroethylene; benzene; toluene; hydrocyanic acid; nitrogen oxides; combustible substances; toxic substances; women; sulfur dioxide; hydrochloric acid
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Fires, explosions and major hazards
Browse category(ies) Antifertility and prenatal effects
Genetic factors in reaction to exposures
Exposure evaluation