Pregnant Employee Protection Program in a Large Chemical Company
Objectives: To assess whether a structured employee protection program for pregnant workers at a chemical company has an impact on pregnancy outcomes.
Methods: Reported pregnancies (n = 1402) between 2003 and 2010 and their outcomes were documented using questionnaires at the time of pregnancy report, end of pregnancy, and 1 year later. Potential maternal exposures were assessed using job histories, workplace inspections, and questionnaires.
Results: Participation was 86% overall and was consistently high across subgroups.
Pregnancy losses (10.9%), pregnancy complications, and preterm births (8.1%) were in agreement with rates in the general population and were independent of type of work and maternal exposure category.
Conclusions: Pregnancy complication rates in this chemical company are not statistically elevated than that in the general population, as suggested in a previous study. The protection program may play a role in preventing complications that may have occurred.