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When work is hazardous to a man's reproductive health
Published by CCH Australia - Saturday, 5th February 2005, By Gaby Grammeno, OHS consultant
Surely a man's occupation could not influence his reproductive health. Wrong. Concern about sperm has blossomed with the advent of IVF - In Vitro Fertilisation.
Before that, infertility was often considered a female problem, but IVF professionals report a significant and perhaps increasing proportion of cases in which there are problems with sperm. Debate rages about whether male fertility is on the decline.
In the heat of the argument about environmental and inherited problems, the impact of workplace damage to men's reproductive health is often forgotten. Nevertheless, workplace exposures are well established among the environmental influences that can affect the number and quality of a man's sperm.
The connection with work has been confirmed by the observations of fertility clinics such as the Queensland Fertility Group. Staff of this Brisbane clinic have noticed an association between the quality of the men's semen, and the jobs those men do. The clinic's scientific director, Keith Harrison, says the clinic has done some studies which show that the level of semen defects in men who come to the clinic for IVF varies according to their occupation.
Around one quarter of the office workers have significant semen defects, but blue-collar workers, such as transport workers, have about 50% more semen defects than office workers. “In occupations where they actually get their hands dirty, such as builders, electricians, painters, plumbers, there's well over a 50% increase in the incidence of abnormal semen, and then in the guys who really get their hands dirty - motor mechanics, fitters, turners, welders, machinery operators - we see an almost doubling or even greater increase in the incidence of semen defects”, Mr Harrison said. He added that farmers, graziers and miners also have about twice the level of semen defects as office-based workers.
Workplace reproductive hazards
Workplace hazards to men include high doses of ionising radiation, for example X-rays, and about 200 chemical agents that may potentially affect reproductive health. Contact with certain agents can result in decreased libido and impotence, testicular damage or infertility, and damaged sperm. Many chemicals have not been checked for their effects on human reproduction.
In men, sperm are continuously produced by cells in the testicles. Workplace hazards may cause reproductive problems in a number of possible ways:- damage to the cells and tissue in the testicle such that sperm cannot be produced at all or not in large enough numbers for fertility- decrease in the hormones necessary for sperm production and sexual function- damage to the sperm themselves- damage to the nerves on which orgasm and ejaculation depend.
Agents that damage sperm are of particular concern because many do so by damaging the genetic material carried in the sperm (ie they cause mutations). If this occurs and that sperm fertilises an egg, then an abnormal pregnancy may occur, possibly leading to a miscarriage early in pregnancy, death of the foetus later in pregnancy or the birth of a child with an abnormality. Some types of workplace exposures can result in adverse reproductive outcomes, including infertility, impotence, miscarriage, foetal malformation, underweight babies and premature birth.
For example, excessive exposure to lead can lead to lack of libido, a decrease in sperm counts, an increase in the number of abnormal sperm, miscarriage and stillbirth. Similarly, men who work with DBCP (dibromochloropropane) - a type of fumigant - have a history of decreased fertility and sterility. A range of chemical, physical and biological agents can cause these types of outcomes. Workers in many occupations may be exposed to reproductive health hazards, especially if they work with chemicals, solvents or plastics.
And of course it is not only men's reproductive health which can be affected, but also the potential for workplace damage to women's reproductive capacity and to their unborn children is naturally a central focus for preventive efforts in this area.
Occupational effects on women's bodies and the health of their babies have been extensively studied, and codes of practice and other resources have been developed to guide organisations in their duty of care relating to pregnant employees or those who may become pregnant. Effects on men's reproductive health have historically received less attention, however, though occupational links with men's reproductive problems are well established.
Of course occupational hazards are not the only type of risk to reproductive health. According to Professor John Aitken from the Australian Centre of Excellence in Biotechnology and Development at Newcastle University, we are in all probability carrying around in our genes the consequences of our great grandparents' hazardous exposures. For example, if your great grandfather smoked a pipe, it may have lead to his death from lung cancer, but the toxicants in tobacco smoke didn't just impact upon his lungs, they also impacted upon the DNA integrity in his spermatozoa.“And because it's in the germ line there is the potential for those effects to be carried on down through the generations”, Professor Aitken said.
Other risks to reproductive health may arise from influences such as sedentary work, the medications we use, or high temperatures. According to some researchers, oestrogens in the environment may pose a risk, though this is disputed by others.
The evidence for the last factor is “vanishingly small”, according to David Handelsman, Director of the ANZAC Research Institute at the University of Sydney, who is critical of what he says is a cult-like belief in falling sperm counts. “It has led to more research and that's a good thing, but unfortunately the prompts for it, if they're suitably alarming, often take root in a way that even good evidence won't necessarily eradicate”, Mr Handelsman said.
Employers' duties under the law
As with other health and safety hazards, employers must take a risk management approach to reproductive hazards. Reproductive risks may be involved in exposure to radiation, as well as to some metals, solvents, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, biological agents (eg infectious diseases) and other substances. Relevant Material Safety Data Sheets should be consulted, and specifications relating to reproduction, fertility and potential damage to the foetus should be checked.
Expert advice may also be required, as available information on reproductive effects is not always complete. Should a hazard be found to affect the reproductive system, steps must be taken to address the issue.
Prevention of adverse effects can be accomplished by following the hierarchy of risk control. That is, hazardous exposures should be eliminated if possible, and if this is not practicable, they should be reduced, for example, by substituting a toxic substance with a less toxic one. Safe work practices that reduce workers' exposure need to be established and followed, administrative controls put in place to minimise the number of people exposed, and workers need to be informed about reproductive hazards and trained in risk control strategies.
Ventilation needs to be adequate for the hazards which may be present, and suitable personal protective equipment should be provided if risks cannot be effectively controlled in other ways. Early notification of pregnancy should be encouraged to ensure adequate care and protection from known reproductive hazards, and in some cases health surveillance programs should be established to monitor exposed individuals for any signs of adverse effects.
Guidance material available
Available guidance includes Reproductive Health and Pregnancy, a factsheet available from the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission, and the Pregnancy and Work Guide 2002 from WorkCover NSW.
Biological Mothers Murder More of Their Own Children Than Do Biological Fathers
Australian Institute of Criminology statistics show there were 270 child homicide incidents in Australia from July 1989 to June 1999, involving 287 identified offenders and resulting in the deaths of 316 children under 15.
For example, the revised National Homicide Monitoring Program 2006-07 Annual Report states 11 homicides involved a biological mother and 5 involves a biological father.
The Western Australian figures shed light on who is likely to abuse children in families. Mothers are identified as the perpetrator of neglect and abuse in a total of 73% of verified cases.
Biological mothers account for about 35 per cent of all child murders, while biological fathers account for 29 per cent
The Attorney-General commissioned a review of the practices, procedures and laws that apply in the federal family law courts in the context of family violence. The Family Courts Violence Review considered whether improvements could be made to ensure that the federal family law courts provide the best possible support to families who have experienced or are at risk of violence.
Men's Rights Agency Reply to the Family Courts Violence Review
Dr Phil TV Show - Men's Rights
Dr Phil mixes both the mainstream men's rights advocates and a nutcase guy looking for publicity to make men look bad to create a controversial and ridiculous show to attract an audience of mainly middle aged non-working women who watch TV in the afternoons.
Advertisers love such controversial shows aimed at women who control over 80% of household spending. The more ridiclous some person on the show is, the better the ratings. Dr Phil is the upscale Jerry Springer. These shows really insult the intelligence of women.
In the show, Dr. Phil, who is no longer registered as psychologist, admits that all of his show management are females as are 90+% of his staff.
The show does have the "Martin Luther King" of the Men's Rights Movement - Warren Farrell. It also has Cassie Jay of The Red Pill documentary fame. Jerry Cox who was falsely accused of rape and kidnapping by a woman is featured. He had the ridiculous charges dropped and successfuly sued the woman.
Do men get a rough deal?
January 11, 2011
Seems a bit rich these days to claim there is a ‘‘glass ceiling’’ for female jobs. Load of cobblers, isn't it? I mean, Australia has a female Prime Minister and a female Governor-General.
Has there really been discrimination over the years against mothers who work -- or against women without children?
The National Council of Women thinks so and no surprise there. I recently chatted with Victorian leader Jennie Rawther who pointed out that, among other things, women at the end of World War 1 had to give up their jobs to returning servicemen -- even though their husbands may have been killed in combat. There was no widow’s pension, nor child support.
Sounds tough but Age reader Steve Hills of Rosebud is not impressed. “There is overwhelming evidence that female health, safety and female lives were held as more valuable than men’s lives,” he says. “Men’s lives were routinely regarded as disposable. The view that women alone were discriminated against is an ignorant one.”