Department of Public Health Sciences

Fertility history of currently employed male semiconductor workers

Samuels, S. J., S. A. McCurdy, D. Pocekay, S. K. Hammond, L. Missell and M. B. Schenker

Am J Ind Med. 1995. 28(6):873-882.

Fertility among men working in semiconductor manufacturing during 1984- 89 was assessed in a 1990-91 cross-sectional study of eight companies. Men working in wafer fabrication rooms (fabs) (n = 241, 165 births) were compared to men in nonfabrication (nonfab) jobs (n = 447, 300 births). Results showed that 17% of fab men and 14% of nonfab men reported ever trying for > or = 1 year to conceive [relative risk (RR) = 1.21, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.83-1.74]. Crude birth rates (births/1,000 person months) were similar [15 fab, 17 nonfab; crude fertility ratio (FR) = 1.09, 95% CI = 0.86-1.36], as were birth rates adjusted by Cox models for confounders (adjusted FR = 0.98, 95% CI = 0.80-1.19, p = 0.79). Fab men who worked in furnace, thin-film, or ion implantation areas were more likely than nonfab men to report previous difficulty conceiving (25%, RR = 1.79, 95% CI = 1.09-2.94), and their past fertility was lower (nine births/1,000 person months; crude FR = 0.66, 95% CI = 0.40-1.02; adjusted FR = 0.73, 95% CI = 0.50-1.09, p = 0.12). Problems included lack of contraception data and misclassification of fab subgroups.

Keywords: Cross-Sectional Studies, *Fertility, Human, Life Tables, Male, *Occupational Health, *Semiconductors, Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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