A significant part of the workforce is exposed to reprotoxicants, and in particular to suspected endocrine disrupters, but the data on workers' exposure are poor and partial. The participants at the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) stakeholder workshop on emerging risks, held in March 2009, and the experts involved in the emerging chemical risks survey agreed that more data are required and that the topic of reprotoxicants should be moved up the agenda. The needs for a precautionary approach in relation to the use of reprotoxic substances and proper workplace risk management were also stressed. The workshop aims were to build on existing information and EU-OSHA research; present the findings detailed in the Agency report; make recommendations for policy, research, monitoring and practice; identify gaps in all these areas and, if possible, make proposals on how they could be filled; provide indications for further EU-OSHA work and policy, including on research and prevention; and give input into research programmes including the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, but also occupational safety and health networks and national research programmes.
Endocrine disruptors that may be found in many products commonly used in workplaces, as solvents, pesticides and biocides, resins, adhesives, etc.
Examples of endocrine disrupting chemicals are, e.g. anesthetic gases, lead, epoxides, isocyanates, solvent mixtures, specific pharmaceuticals, titanium dioxide, bisphenol A (BPA), Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), phthalates, pesticides, UV filters, parabens etc.