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Document ID (ISN)56995
CIS number 91-1891
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 1990
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Bonde J.P., Hansen K.S., Levine R.J.
Title Fertility among Danish male welders
Bibliographic information Oct. 1990, Vol.16, No.5, p.315-322. Illus. 14 ref.
Abstract Welding may be detrimental to the male reproductive system. Fertility was examined in a Danish cohort of 3702 male metalworkers over a follow-up of 47,674 person-years. Occupational histories were gathered by postal questionnaires. Information on births was obtained by record linkage to the Danish Central Population Register. Among persons who had ever workerd as welders, the probability of having a child was slightly reduced the year after a year of welding exposure. The reduction in fertility was associated with the welding of mild steel, but not with the welding of stainless steel. These findings are consistent with results of previous studies of time to conception and semen quality in welders.
Descriptors (primary) welding fumes; sterility; welding and cutting; iron and steel industry; genetic effects
Descriptors (secondary) Denmark; comparative study; questionnaire survey; stainless steel
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceDenmark
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the reproductive system
Antifertility and prenatal effects
Welding and cutting
Iron and steel industry
Genetic factors in reaction to exposures