Influencing factors for reproductive health of female workers in petrochemical industry

In this study, the authors investigated the reproductive health status of female workers in petrochemical industry and provided a reference for improving reproductive health status and developing preventive and control measures for female workers in the petrochemical industry. A face-to-face questionnaire survey was performed from January to October, 2016. The Questionnaire on Women’s Reproductive Health was used to investigate the reproductive health of female workers in petrochemical industry. The multivariate logistic regression model was used to identify the influencing factors for reproductive health of female workers in petrochemical industry. Among the 7485 female workers, 1 268 (40.9%) had abnormal menstrual period, 1 437 (46.4%) had abnormal menstrual volume, 177 (28.5%) had hyperplasia of mammary glands, and 1 807 (24.6%) had gynaecological inflammation. The reproductive system diseases in female workers in petrochemical industry were associated with the factors including age, marital status, education level, unhealthy living habits, abortion, overtime work, work shift, workload, video operation, occupational exposure, positive events, and negative events, and among these factors, negative events (odds ratio[OR]= 1.856), unhealthy living habits (OR=1.542), and positive events (OR=1.516) had greater impact on reproductive system diseases. The authors concluded that many chemical substances in the occupational environment of petrochemical industry can cause damage to the reproductive system, which not only affects the health of the female workers, but also poses potential threats to the health of their offspring. Occupational exposure, unhealthy living habits, overtime work, and work shift have great influence on reproductive system diseases in female workers.

Authors: Kou ZX, Wang SL, Chen ZL, He YH, Yu WL, Mei LY, Zhang HD. ; Full Source: Zhonghua Lao Dong Wei Sheng Zhi Ye Bing Za Zhi. 2018 Feb 20; 36(2):139-143. doi: 10.3760/cma.j.issn.1001-9391.2018.02.016.

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