How Can Workers Be Protected From Reproductive Hazards?

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Employers have a responsibility to protect their workers. However, because so little is known about reproductive hazards, workers should also take the following steps to ensure their own safety:

  • Store chemicals in sealed containers when they are not in use.

  • Wash hands before eating, drinking, or smoking.

  • Avoid skin contact with chemicals.

  • If chemicals contact the skin, follow directions for washing provided in the material safety data sheet (MSDS). Employers are required to provide an MSDS for all hazardous materials used in the workplace.

  • Become familiar with the potential reproductive hazards used in your workplace.
    To prevent home contamination:

--change out of contaminated clothing and wash with soap and water before going home,


--store street clothes in a separate area of the workplace to prevent contamination,

--wash work clothing separately from other laundry (at work if possible), and

--avoid bringing contaminated clothing or other objects home.

  • Participate in all safety and health education, training, and monitoring programs offered by your employer.

  • Learn about proper work practices, engineering controls, and personal protective equipment (i.e., gloves, respirators, and personal protective clothing)that can be used to reduce exposures to hazardous substances.

  • Follow the safety and health work practices and procedures implemented by your employer to prevent exposures to reproductive hazards in the workplace.


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