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krazheybby - May 4th, 2005 3:59 AM

I am 21 years old and on my third trimester of pregnancy. I am currently working on a digital printing and obviously I used computers and photo copier as part of my job. Can it's radiation affect my pregnancy?


Lyssa - May 4th, 2005 5:58 AM

You won't lose the baby. The first trimester is the most critical as far as development goes, so if your ultrasounds were normal, I'd say you're fine!


D - May 4th, 2005 12:30 PM

I have to say, my first reaction to your question was, "you're kidding! I didn't even think about radiation from copiers!" Since I work in a print shop, I did a little research. It sounds like the radiation levels are pretty low from copiers, but can't be proven to be absolutely safe. From now on, I'll be starting the print job, then standing away from it as much as possible. It was mentioned to be absolutely sure the glass is covered before starting the copier. I am not as concerned with my digital printers, as they are Risographs, so don't have to have all the same radiation producing processes that a copier that uses toner does. What actually concerned me the most was what I read about the effect of noise on the baby. It has been linked to early hearing loss in infants, among some other things. There are several professions listed as particularly risky, printing of course, was on the list. Then there's vibration....


Lyssa - May 7th, 2005 2:56 AM

Hmm, I didn't think noise would be an issue. The womb is very noisy, with the blood rushing around and the heart pumping. That's why noises like vacuums and washing machines lull the baby to sleep after he's born--he's used to it....


D - May 9th, 2005 5:43 PM

http://www.regional.niagara.on.ca/living/h
ealth_wellness/pregnancy/worker-risks.aspx
(the only "-" hyphen that should be in this link is the one between worker-risks.


D - May 9th, 2005 5:47 PM

This one has no hyphens http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/
cgi/content/full/pediatrics;100/4/724


D - May 9th, 2005 5:54 PM

It looks to me like a longer duration of higher db sound makes a big difference... according to the last link 95db for 8 hours increases the risk of preterm labor in some studies. I have measured the db range of the equipment in my print shop, and there is quite a number of pieces of equipment that register well above that number! I don't suppose a single copier in an office would be significant... The thing about vacuums and washing machines is that they are at a lower decibal range and for a much shorter period of time than an 8 -10 hour shift. Ugh! Just what I needed - another thing to worry about! I wonder how seriously to take the research, since nothing is very conclusive, however, how many studies are conducted on print shops and pregnancy? I'm guessing not many...


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