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pregnancyChemicals found in household products and in the workplace are widely used all over the world.  Although there is substantial information on the acute toxicity of many of these chemicals, available knowledge on delayed effects is much more limited.  In today’s world, a large percentage of the workforce consists of women and a considerable proportion are of reproductive age.  As most birth defects are not tied to known risk factors, attention to the risk of birth defects due to environmental and occupational exposures is of increasing interest.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is a U.S. federal agency, under the auspices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   It’s mission is to assure safe and healthful working condition for every working person.  NIOSH conducts research and makes recommendations to prevent worker injury and illness.  One of many NIOSH research areas includes the area of reproductive health and birth defects prevention. 

The NIOSH reproductive topic page includes information on how occupational and environmental exposures can affect fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and children’s health.  Advice on improving workplace reproductive health is provided for employees, employers, and health care providers.  Click on the following link to access the reproductive topic page: NIOSH Occupation & the Environment Resource

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Last Updated:   7/22/14