HSE report rejects US claims on women in chip fabs

HSE report rejects US claims on women in chip fabs
Roy Rubenstein Detailed research by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has rejected US claims that women who work in semiconductor fabs are more likely to have miscarriages. The HSE study followed US research suggesting that women working in fabs, and in particular those exposed to ethylene glycol ethers, were more likely to miscarry than their colleagues elsewhere in the semiconductor industry. However, it has found no link between miscarriages and work with the ethers or any other solvents. Women at eight sites owned by seven major manufacturers – Fujitsu Microelectronics, Mitel Semiconductors (formerly GEC-Plessey Semiconductors), Motorola National Semiconductor (UK), Newport Wafer Fab, Philips Semiconductors and SGS-Thomson Microelectronics, were used for the study. “The industry and people working in it should be reassured by the results of this investigation,” said HSE’s head of Epidemiology, Dr John Osman. The HSE will take no action although it will continue to monitor the situation.


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