09/20/2011

Recent research on women at work

Inequality both inside and outside the workplace can have an effect on the
health and safety of women at work. Progress has been made, but there are still
gaps within the research, policy and prevention measures:

European OSH statistics still do not cover women satisfactorily. Occupational
diseases still mainly reflect male jobs and accident recording omits sectors
where women work, e.g. education and health care. In Europe, occupational
segregation, gender discrimination, family responsibilities, women's multiple
roles and jobs, disparity in pay and poverty all impact on their safety and
health at work.

The research highlights that major risks factors include the type of work
carried out by women, issues faced by younger and older women, the growth of
the service sector, violence and harassment, and increasingly diversified
working time patterns as major risk factors.

More information:


AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work