Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

November 09, 2006 15:02 ET

Pregnant Women & Nursing Mothers at Risk from Workplace Toxins

Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 9, 2006) - The release this week of a new study published in the British medical journal, The Lancet, links industrial chemicals to neural damage in children worldwide.

The Ontario Federation of Labour has repeatedly called upon the provincial government, as recently as September 2006, to pass protective reassignment legislation for pregnant women and nursing mothers.

"Quebec has had a requirement for protective reassignment for pregnant women or nursing mothers for many years. This provision is very important for women workers and their children who may be exposed to harmful chemicals. The Canada Labour Code also has provisions providing reassignment of pregnant and breast-feeding workers. Ontario needs a similar provision to protect the workers and their children."

"Previous research has also found that children exposed in utero to workplace toxins suffered lasting effects from those exposures including major foetal malformations. Other researchers have concluded that women's exposure to organic solvents should be minimized during pregnancy."
OFL Submission on Occupational Exposure Limits to the Ministry of Labour, September 2006.

"Not only is this an environmental issue," says Wayne Samuelson, president of the Ontario Federation of Labour, "but it's also a workplace issue. Pregnant women and nursing mothers are in the workforce and are being exposed daily to industrial chemicals."

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Contact Information

  • Dana Boettger, OFL Communications Director
    Primary Phone: 416-441-2731 ext. 665
    Secondary Phone: 416-443-7665
    Toll-Free: 800-668-9138