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Large corporations with workers who deal with toxic substances often fail to protect their workers from being exposed.

FIELD WORKERS, CLEANROOM OPERATORS, SEMICONDUCTOR AND ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE EXPOSED TO TOXINS daily that put them especially at risk of having a child with birth defects. The types of jobs at risk include semiconductor and electronics manufacturing, agricultural, and energy production workers, due to their regular use of dangerous chemicals and inadequate protection against exposure.

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Pesticides and Toxic Exposure

For agricultural workers on farms and at nurseries, the active chemicals found in Roundup are linked to birth defects and reproductive problems, while other studies have found that glyphosate harms DNA in human embryos. Other farm-based pesticides known to cause birth defects and childhood cancers include Brigade, Captan, Goal, Honcho, and Pro 90.

Semiconductor and Electronics Manufacturing and Hazardous Chemicals

Men and women who work in semiconductor factories or in electronic manufacturing often are required to use toxic materials such as solvents, cleaning fluids, and ethylene glycol ethers. They are often exposed to air contaminated by these chemicals — air that is recirculated in clean rooms or similar environments and never filtered for hazardous toxins. These people are especially at risk of having children with birth defects.

Other Industries and Chemical Exposure

Workers in power plants that burn fossil fuels including coal, oil, and natural gas are also at risk of having children with birth defects. Exposure to chemicals used on the job like mercury and other heavy metals can severely damage an unborn child if the mother was not protected from these toxins during pregnancy. People who have had jobs in plastics, paint, and automobile manufacturing are also exposed to dangerous chemicals that can cause birth defects.

Common job titles at risk of toxic exposure

  • Acid Bath
  • Agricultural Worker
  • Aircraft Maintenance
  • Assembler
  • Assembly Line Worker
  • Bulb Grower
  • Chemical Bath Worker
  • Chemical Mixer
  • Chemical Etch Operator
  • Circuit Recorder
  • Clean Room Worker
  • Cleaners (Janitors, Maids, Nurses Aides)
  • Cleanroom Manager
  • Cleanroom Supervisor
  • Coater
  • Commercial Pesticide Applicators
  • Copper Smelters
  • Cosmeticians
  • Crystal Cutter
  • Die Attacher
  • Dry Cleaners
  • Electronic Calibration Specialist
  • Emergency Response Team
  • Engineering Technician
  • Etch Operator
  • Etcher Stripper
  • Fabrication Operator
  • Farm Hand
  • Farm Laborer
  • Farm Worker
  • Field Crop Harvester
  • Field Hand
  • Field Worker
  • Fruit Harvester
  • Fruit Picker
  • Garden Center Employee
  • Ginner
  • Greenhouse Assistant
  • Greenhouse Laborer
  • Greenhouse Worker
  • Ground Worker
  • Groundman
  • Groundsman
  • Grower
  • Hairdresser
  • Harvester
  • Hired Hand
  • Hoe Worker
  • Horticultural Worker
  • Incoming Clerk
  • Laboratory Worker
  • Laborer
  • Landscaper
  • Machine Operator
  • Machinist
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Metalworking
  • Nursery Harvester
  • Nursery Helper
  • Nursery Plant Maintainer
  • Nursery Worker
  • Nurseryman Assistant
  • Operator
  • Pesticide Applicator
  • Photo and Etch Operator
  • Photolithography
  • Photoresist Assembly Line
  • Pipefitter
  • Plant Nursery Worker
  • Preventative Maintenance Worker
  • Process Pipefitter
  • Processing Engineer
  • Processors
  • Production Operator
  • Production Technicians
  • Reactor Operator
  • Replanting Machine Crew
  • Saw Operator
  • Sealer
  • Semiconductor Chemical Mixer
  • Semiconductor Worker
  • Semiconductor Technician / Operator
  • Solder
  • Spinner
  • Spray Painting
  • Sprinkling Worker
  • Vegetable Packer
  • Vegetable Picker
  • Wafer Fab Operator
  • Wafer Fab Process Engineer Technician
  • Wafer Fabrication Worker