Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals - EDC
What are Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals?
The foetus is the most vulnerable life in the workplace and will be affected by exposure of its father’s sperm and its mothers eggs to chemicals and then further chemical exposure as a developing foetus.
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, EDCs, can affect the endocrine system and lead to diseases and dysfunctions throughout people’s lives.
They are found in our everyday lives through personal care products, household cleaning products, food packaging plastics, furniture and in children's toys and they pollute the air we breathe, food we eat, and water we drink. And they get into all those products and the environment via the products we make and so they are a workplace health and safety issue.
They are active in parts per billion or trillion. Even small exposures at specific times of foetal development can cause serious developmental issues. Exposure to EDCS, may intensify or be the main cause for the development of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer.
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