Protecting the Reproductive Health of Workers: Problems in Science and Public Policy
Valentine, Jeannette M.
Plough, Alonzo L.
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 1983 Spring; 8(1): 144-163.
The authors begin their discussion of current public policy on reproductive hazards in the workplace by reviewing the problems inherent in scientifically assessing the effects of toxic substances on reproductive health. They then describe present regulatory policy in this area, using the lead standard of 1978 as an example of a good standard whose effectiveness has been compromised by Reagan administration changes. Valentine and Plough recommend a regulatory approach which accommodates scientific uncertainty and recognizes the difficulty of determining costs and benefits, but conclude that such an approach is unlikely to be adopted because of a shift in the economic and political balance of power. (KIE abstract)
Biomedical Research; Costs and Benefits; Economics; Employment; Epidemiology; Evaluation; Federal Government; Females; Genetic Disorders; Government; Government Regulation; Health; Health Hazards; Health Personnel; Industry; Males; Medicine; Occupational Exposure; Occupational Health; Occupational Medicine; Politics; Pregnant Women; Prevalence; Public Policy; Power; Regulation; Reproduction; Research; Science; Standards; Statistics; Toxicity; Uncertainty;
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