Women and the working environment
In the Jan/Feb edition of Safeguard we pose three questions based on stories in the magazine. One of them is this:
Joshua Wright and Sue MacEwan advocate designing toilet facilities on construction sites to cater for all genders. What aspects of your own working environment seem designed in a way which compromises women’s health, safety or wellbeing?
Feel free to respond here on the Forum, or privately
via a Survey Monkey form.
An edited selection of responses will be published in the March/April edition, but with no names attached. One randomly selected person will receive a prize, namely a copy of the book
Sacrificing Safety – Lessons for Chief Executives
, by Andrew Hopkins.
Prof Joanne Crawford
The design of PPE, we are still struggling to get things to fit women properly. That includes everything from face masks to body armour. Boots designed for men are wider than for women so we end up with flappy feet inside boots and blisters. There is a great book by Caroline Criado Perez with the title Invisible Women about how in all sorts of areas (medicine, crash testing, etc etc.) we do not include women in the data (I dont get commission!). As a starting point does everyone have a diverse safety committee?
Prof Joanne Crawford
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We've put work into getting PPE that fits our female staff but finding harnesses for working at heights that both fit our female workers and meet the safety requirements of our industry has been difficult.
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