Original article

Scand J Work Environ Health 1980;6(2):131-134    pdf


Pregnancy outcome for women working in laboratories in some of the pharmaceutical industries in Sweden.

by Hansson E, Jansa S, Wande H, Källén B, Östlund E

The pregnancy outcome of laboratory employees in three pharmaceutical in Sweden studied with interviews, postal questionnaires, and register studies. The total material shows only a slightly increased miscarriage rate and normal perinatal mortality and malformation rates. Subdivision into two types of laboratory work, "chemical" and "other," revealed a significant difference, with an increased perinatal death rate and an increased rate of major malformations in the chemical group. This observation supports earlier findings indicating that work during pregnancy in a chemical laboratory can represent a hazard to the fetus.