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J Occup Environ Med. 2015 Sep;57(9):965-72. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000505.

Pregnant Employee Protection Program in a Large Chemical Company.

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Occupational Medical and Health Protection Department (Dr Frey, Mr Schuster, Dr Oberlinner, and Dr Yong), Ludwigshafen; and Universitätsmedizin Mainz (Dr Queißer-Wahrendorf), Zentrum für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin, Mainz, Germany.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To assess whether a structured employee protection program for pregnant workers at a chemical company has an impact on pregnancy outcomes.

METHODS:

Reported pregnancies (n = 1402) between 2003 and 2010 and their outcomes were documented using questionnaires at the time of pregnancy report, end of pregnancy, and 1 year later. Potential maternal exposures were assessed using job histories, workplace inspections, and questionnaires.

RESULTS:

Participation was 86% overall and was consistently high across subgroups.Pregnancy losses (10.9%), pregnancy complications, and preterm births (8.1%) were in agreement with rates in the general population and were independent of type of work and maternal exposure category.

CONCLUSIONS:

Pregnancy complication rates in this chemical company are not statistically elevated than that in the general population, as suggested in a previous study. The protection program may play a role in preventing complications that may have occurred.

PMID:
26340285
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0000000000000505
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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