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TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE PREGNANT WOMAN'S CLINICAL CONDITION.
IN THIS SITUATION, THE WOMAN AND HER ATTENDING PHYSICIAN ASSESS

THE RELATIONSHIP OF HER WORK AND HER PREGNANCY,

I LEAVE QUESTIONS 4, 5, AND 6 TO THE OTHER PANELISTS HERE

TODAY

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Schematic representation of the steps for developing recommendations for the pregnant worker.

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I CONCLUDE WITH A COMMENT CONCERNING THE MOST RECENT AND

EXTREME EXAMPLE OF WORKPLACE EXPOSURE FOR WOMEN WOMEN WORKING
IN THEIR HOMES IN NIAGERA FALLS NEAR LOVE CANAL. As À STUDY
POPULATION, THEY DIFFERED VERY LITTLE IN TERMS OF EXPOSURE TO
TOXIC SUBSTANCES, AGE AND PROCREATION EXPERIENCE FROM
ANY GROUP OF WOMEN AT WORK IN A JEWELRY FACTORY IN PROVIDENCE,
FOR EXAMPLE.

THE SCIENTIFIC AND MEDICAL SYSTEM COULD NOT PROVIDE ONE
APPROPRIATE REPRODUCTIVE (OR ANY OTHER) END-POINT UPON WHICH
THERE COULD BE AGREEMENT THAT IT WOULD HAVE SCIENTIFIC LEGITIMACY.
TO THIS DAY, NOT ONE STUDY HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT THAT HAS MET THE
FLUCTUATING ARRAY OF CRITERIA THAT IS SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT

SCIENTIFIC ACCORD.

I WOULD SUBMIT TO YOU THIS COUNTRY'S SCIENTIFIC ESTABLISHMENT HAS HAD A MASSIVE RESEARCH BUDGET FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS. YET IT

WAS UNABLE TO AGREE SUFFICIENTLY ON EVEN ONE SINGLE SOLITARY
TEST APPROPRIATE FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF RISK TO THE HEALTH
(INCLUDING REPRODUCTION) OF THAT WORKING POPULATION IN LOVE CANAL.
LET US NOT HIDE OUR HEADS IN THE SAND AND EXCUSE OUR PARALYSIS
WITH THE EXTERNALITIES OF THE SOCIAL CRISIS BLINDING THE SCIENTIFIC
LEGITIMACY OF TESTS. LET US ADMIT THE REALITY THAT OUR SCIENTIFIC/
MEDICAL SYSTEM DOES NOT EVEN NOW HAVE A TEST OR STUDY DESIGN, WHICH
CAN BE AGREED UPON THAT WILL PROVIDE THE ANSWERS YOU ARE SEARCHING
FOR TODAY, WHETHER YOU ARE CONCERNED WITH HAZARDS IN THE

WORKPLACE OR THE ENVIRONMENT.

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IF THE LITERATURE WE TURN TO IS REPLETE WITH POTENTIAL

TESTS AND STUDY DESIGNS WAITING FOR VALIDATION

A CRITICAL

CRITERION FOR GETTING OVER THE HURDLE OF CREDIBILITY - WHO IS GOING TO SUPPORT THE VALIDATION PROCESS? WHEN APPLIED DIRECTLY TO HUMAN POPULATIONS, IT INVOLVES EXPENSIVE EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS.

THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH ARE THERE TO DO THE BASIC RESEARCH AND TO DEVELOP TESTS. CURRENTLY I SEE NO VISIBLE MEANS OF SUPPORT IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OR THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY FOR GETTING US OVER THAT HURDLE

OF VALIDATION.

NEXT TIME

IN THE WORKPLACE OR THE ENVIRONMENT AT LARGE

WILL WE BE PARALYZED AGAIN OR WILL THE CRITERIA FOR SCIENTIFIC

LEGITIMACY CHANGE?

REFERENCES FOR WRITTEN TESTIMONY

VILMA R. HUNT

Signs:

Journal of Women in Culture

Hunt, V.R.: Reproduction and Work.

and Society, 1:543-552, 1975.

Hunt, V.R.: The Health of Women at Work. Bibliography and Commentary.

173 pp. Occasional Papers No. 2, Program on Women. Northwestern University, 1977.

on Exposure of Women Workers, Preventive

Hunt, R.: Occupational Radi

Medicine I: 296-310, 1978.

Hunt, V.R.: A Brief History of Women Workers and Hazards in the Workplace.

Feminist Studies, 5: 274-285, 1979.

Hunt, V.R.: Work and the Health of Women, 1979 - CRC Press, Boca Raton,

Florida, pp. 236, 1979.

Hunt, V.R.: The Emergence of the Workers' Right to Know Health Risks, in

"Strategies for Public Health Promoting Health and Preventing Disease," L.K.Y. Ng, D.L. Davis (Ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1981.

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