Reproductive hazards are any agent or process that could affect the reproductive organs of an individual, or affect a baby when a woman is pregnant or breastfeeding. The University of Otago has a Risk/Hazard Management Policy which outlines the process for managing such hazards.
What are the risks/hazards?
Reproductive hazards may include:
- chemicals (e.g. solvents, acids, chlorine, ammonia etc)
- petrol, diesel or oils
- cytotoxic agents
- agricultural chemicals (e.g. dips, vaccines, pesticides etc)
- metals (e.g. lead, mercury, arsenic etc)
- biological hazards
- loud noise
- whole-body vibration
- extreme heat
- heavy lifting
- slip, trip or fall hazards
- working at heights