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HHE Report No. HETA-84-297-1609, General Telephone Co. Of Michigan, Alma, Michigan.

Authors
Lichty-PD
Source
NIOSH 1985 Jul:15 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00131630
Abstract
A health evaluation of the General Telephone Company of Michigan (SIC-4811), Alma, Michigan was conducted in May, 1984. The evaluation was requested by the company to investigate an apparent increase in adverse pregnancy outcomes among toll operators that could be linked to the use of video display terminals (VDT). Self administered questionnaires were given to 112 current and recently transferred toll operators and supervisory personnel to obtain reproductive histories. A total of 163 pregnancies occurred. Six out of 29 pregnancies resulted in miscarriages among employees exposed to VDT. Three miscarriages out of 29 pregnancies occurred in employees having no VDT exposure. Eight miscarriages out of 97 pregnancies occurred among employees prior to working at the company who had had no VDT exposure. One pregnancy ended in miscarriage of a subject who had VDT exposure before joining the company. Statistical treatment showed that the only variable associated with miscarriage was VDT work. The author concludes that a statistical excess of miscarriages has occurred among toll operators at the facility. Whether this excess is work related or not cannot be determined. No special reproductive policy is recommended. The ergonomic design of the VDT work stations should be improved.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Electrical-industry; Region-5; Chemical-analysis; Analytical-models; Quantitative-analysis; HETA-84-297-1609;
Publication Date
19850701
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
PB86-143609
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-84-297-1609
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
4811;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-84-297-1609, 15 pages, 4 references
State
MI; OH;
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