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Environmental Health & Safety Reproductive Toxins

Reproductive Toxins

The OSHA Laboratory Standard defines a reproductive toxin as a chemical “which affects the reproductive capabilities including chromosomal damage (mutations) and effects on fetuses (teratogenesis)”.

A number of reproductive toxins are chronic toxins that cause damage after repeated or long duration exposures and can have long latency periods. Women of childbearing potential should be especially careful when handling reproductive toxins. Pregnant women and women intending to become pregnant should seek the advice of their physician or WSU Health Services before working with known or suspected reproductive toxins.

More information on reproductive toxins, including numerous useful web links, can be found on the OSHA Safety and Health Topics for Reproductive Hazards webpage.

The State of California has developed an extensive list of Reproductive Toxins Known to the State of California through Prop 65. Please note, this list is being provided as additional information and is not legally mandated by Washington State.

Further assistance with determining if a chemical is a reproductive toxin can be obtained by contacting EH&S at 335-3041.