Definition - What does Reproductive Hazard mean?
A reproductive hazard is a material or agent with the potential to adversely affect the reproductive health of individuals. Chemical, physical, or biological hazards like lead, radiation, and viruses are all classified as reproductive hazards. Reproductive hazards can be introduced to the body through inhalation, contact, and ingestion.
Problems associated with reproductive hazards can lead to male and female infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, and developmental disorders in children.
WorkplaceTesting explains Reproductive Hazard
Reproductive hazards are not limited to the workplace exposure alone but may be brought home by workers in some cases. Incidences of exposure via hair, skin, clothes, or tools can expose family members and others to these dangers.
A reproductive hazard could trigger one, or multiple, health problems depending on the length and severity of exposure to contaminants. Females exposed to reproductive hazards in the workplace can face complications during pregnancy or after giving birth. Male workers may suffer from impaired sperm quality and concentration after exposure.