Search Resources (English): Plastics and health, National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)

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Chemical exposure and plastics production: issues for women's health  
http://www.nnewh.org/images/upload/attach/2502NNEWH%20Lit%20Review%20-%20Chem%20Exp%20and%20Plastics%20Production.pdf

A literature review of chemical exposure and plastics production as it relates to women's health.

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Published: 2011
Hazardous substances: plastics  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/PlasticsFAQ.pdf

Factsheet detailing the various plastics that workers may come in contact with in the auto industry, and how contact with these plastics may affect their health.

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Published: 2011
Chemical exposures of women workers in the plastics industry with particular reference to breast cancer and reproductive hazards  
http://www.nnewh.org/images/upload/attach/5316New%20Solutions%20Article.pdf

Explores the occupational exposures in producing plastics and health risks to workers, particularly women, who make up a large part of the workforce. Demonstrates that workers are exposed to chemicals that have been identified as mammary carcinogens and endocrine disrupting chemicals, and that the work environment is heavily contaminated with dust and fumes. Finds that, as a consequence, plastics workers have a body burden of environmental contaminants that far exceeds that found in the general public.

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Published: 2012
Defining endocrine disruptors: are women workers in the automotive plastics industry particularly at risk?  
http://cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/resources/cancer/defining%20endocrine%20disruptors%20-%20EN%20Final.pdf

A clear language factsheet describing the possible health dangers from chemical expsurres experienced by women who work in the automotive plastics industry.  Exposures described are mainly by breathing the fumes and dusts, and also by absorption through the skin. Many of these chemicals interfere with hormone systems and are therefore called endocrine disruptors.

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Published: 2012
NNEWH Plastics workshop (video series)  
http://www.youtube.com/user/nnewh/videos

Fourteen videos documenting a workshop hosted by NNEWH in partnership with the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) in January 2012 in Windsor, Ontario. The workshop dealt with recent studies on the emerging health concerns for women workers in the auto sector, specifically plastics manufacturing and the possible elevated incidence of breast cancer and reproductive problems in women plastics workers. 

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Published: 2012