Industrial and technical workers are not the only workers exposed to solvents

In this study, a polemic in response to Testud et al. (Reprod. Toxicol., 2010, 30, 409-13) is given. In their paper, Testud et al. examined the efficacy of individualised risk assessments of solvent exposure for avoiding adverse pregnancy outcomes. They cited the results of the authors’ study on the association between occupational exposure to solvents during pregnancy and the risk of birth defects and then declared abruptly that the women considered as exposed in the authors’ study ‘are in fact not occupationally exposed to solvents’ and ‘thus, the plausibility of results are highly debatable’. The authors argued that Testud et al.’s statement seems to be based solely on personal opinion and ignores substantial support for the contention that occupations such as nurses, nurses’ aides, hairdressers, cleaners, and chemists/biologists are likely to be exposed to solvents. The authors concluded that the term ‘occupational exposure’ is not limited to industrial workers for whom biomonitoring and health surveillance program are required.

Authors: Garlantezec, Ronan; Multigner, Luc; Bonvallot, Nathalie; Monfort, Christine; Rouget, Florence; Cordier, ;