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Reproductive Health Protection

Reproductive Health and Your Work

Toxins in your workplace can affect your reproductive health, whether you are male or female.  For example, a toxin such as lead can affect male fertility (sperm count), female fertility, and the unborn child during pregnancy.  Lead can also be toxic to children who live in older homes with paint that contains lead pigments.

MIT has designed its labs and workplaces to control exposures to toxins.  If you have a concern about your work and health, you can contact the MIT Medical Department Occupational Medicine and Employee Health Service and the EHS Office for evaluations 617-452-3477 or environment@mit.edu.

The Occupational Medicine and Employee Health Service is available for consultations about reproductive health concerns related to your job or research.  The consults are free to the MIT community, whether you are an employee or student.  Contact the MIT Medical Department. All medical evaluations are kept strictly confidential.

If the workplace or laboratory uses chemicals, the EHS Office can do a hazard assessment and evaluate the chemicals you work with for potential hazards.  A process review will also evaluate the controls such as protective clothing or exhaust ventilation used to minimize any exposure.

In addition to chemical exposures, EHS will also evaluate other workplace factors that may affect reproductive health, including heat stress, noise, and ergonomic stresses of the job.  If the employee works with radioisotopes or ionizing radiation, the EHS Radiation Protection Program can be contacted for an evaluation.  If certain occupational infections (hepatitis, HIV, toxoplasmosis, rubella, cytomegalovirus, herpes) are a source of concern, the EHS Biosafety Program can be contacted for evaluation and infection control methods.

Reproductive Health and Your Work

Toxins in your workplace can affect your reproductive health, whether you are male or female.  For example, a toxin such as lead can affect male fertility (sperm count), female fertility, and the unborn child during pregnancy.  Lead can also be toxic to children who live in older homes with paint that contains lead pigments.

MIT has designed its labs and workplaces to control exposures to toxins.  If you have a concern about your work and health, you can contact the MIT Medical Department Occupational Medicine and Employee Health Service and the EHS Office for evaluations 617-452-3477 or environment@mit.edu.

The Occupational Medicine and Employee Health Service is available for consultations about reproductive health concerns related to your job or research.  The consults are free to the MIT community, whether you are an employee or student.  Contact the MIT Medical Department. All medical evaluations are kept strictly confidential.

If the workplace or laboratory uses chemicals, the EHS Office can do a hazard assessment and evaluate the chemicals you work with for potential hazards.  A process review will also evaluate the controls such as protective clothing or exhaust ventilation used to minimize any exposure.

In addition to chemical exposures, EHS will also evaluate other workplace factors that may affect reproductive health, including heat stress, noise, and ergonomic stresses of the job.  If the employee works with radioisotopes or ionizing radiation, the EHS Radiation Protection Program can be contacted for an evaluation.  If certain occupational infections (hepatitis, HIV, toxoplasmosis, rubella, cytomegalovirus, herpes) are a source of concern, the EHS Biosafety Program can be contacted for evaluation and infection control methods.