Organic Solvents: Exposure

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A study of men attending fertility clinics between 1972 and 1991 found that those exposed to organic solvents at work are much more likely to have fewer active sperm and low sperm counts. Professional printers, painters and decorators are at highest risk of male infertility from such exposure. A major factor in infertility is suspected to be glycol ethers, commonly found in printing and paint inks, known to affect reproductive system functions.

In a separate study, Canadian researchers released a report linking organic solvents to visual birth defects. Thirty-two pregnant women exposed daily to solvents at work throughout their pregnancy were compared with a control group. The children of those exposed to solvents generally had more vision problems than the control group.

See Also

  1. Toxic & Hazardous Substances
  2. Birth Defects
  3. Eye Disorders
  4. Male Infertility: Overview
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