`2/3rd of pregnant women exposed to physical risk at work`
Last Updated: Friday, December 18, 2009, 00:00

London: Almost two-third of the pregnant
women believe they are regularly exposed to physical risk at
work, a new research said.

The study by scientists at the Higher Centre for Public
Health Research in Spain, showed the employment and
sociodemographic characteristics involved in the exposure of
pregnant women to workplace hazards.

During the study, 56 per cent of the pregnant working
women said they often work standing up or have to lift heavy
objects, 63 per cent were exposed to workplace stress and 62
per cent felt they were frequently exposed to some physical
risk in their place of work.

"Pregnant and breastfeeding women are especially
sensitive to exposure to workplace hazards", lead author M
Carmen González said.

The results of this study, which was published in the
journal Gaceta Sanitaria, found that more than half of the
women (56 per cent) worked standing up or frequently lifted
heavy objects during the course of their paid work while

In addition, 63 per cent said they were subjected to
workplace stress, and 62 per cent frequently experienced some
physical risk – noise, high temperatures or humidity,
vibrations, radiation and electromagnetic fields (data
visualisation screens).

Almost one-quarter of the women (22 per cent) said they
were exposed to some chemical agent, particularly cleaning
products, and 6 per cent to biological risk factors, such as
in jobs involving the care of others.


First Published: Friday, December 18, 2009, 00:00

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