|Year Funded: 2022||Budget:||Funding Agency: IRSST|
|Title:||Social Inequalities in Personal Care Workers’ Exposure to Endocrine Disruptors|
|Category:||Occupational Disease, Injury and Health Services|
|Keywords:||Social Inequalities, Personal Care Workers, Endocrine Disruptors|
|Link to research website:||https://www.irsst.qc.ca/en/ohs-research/research-projects/project/i/5839/n/inegalites-sociale-dans-l-exposition-aux-perturbateurs-endocriniens-liees-aux-travailleuses-en-soins-personnels-2022-0006|
Endocrine disruptors are exogenous substances or mixtures that alter the hormonal system’s functions. They can provoke harmful health effects, including reproductive disorders, cancer and congenital anomalies in offspring.
Many synthetic molecules used in cosmetics are endocrine disruptors. Daily use of these products in a professional context is likely to lead to repeated high exposure for workers who provide personal care.
Very few data are available on the nature and overall levels of exposure or on the effects of repeated exposure to such products (the exposome). These professions are frequently occupied by women and members of minority groups. Such jobs are characterized by substantial job insecurity, a lack of access to preventive maternity leave, and low income, all of which are factors increasing the risk of exposure to endocrine disruptors.
This research project seeks to This research project seeks to characterize the professional exposome of workers who provide personal care services in hairdressing, esthetic and manicure salons and to determine the effects of these mixtures on their cancer risk, reproductive functions and children’s health.
More information on the professional exposome of workers who provide personal care services in hairdressing, esthetic and manicure salons and to determine the effects of these mixtures on their cancer risk, reproductive functions and children’s health.
Isabelle Plante, Cathy Vaillancourt, Géraldine Delbès, Kessen Patten, INRS; Johanne Saint-Charles, Mathieu Philibert, UQAM; Yong-Lai Feng, Health Canada