29/02/2012

Women and occupational diseases

The Working Conditions, Health and Safety Department in Belgium recently
published a report highlighting the discriminatory impact on women of the
system for the declaration and recognition of occupational diseases in Belgium.
There is one striking statistic: women represent less than 10% of recognised
cases of occupational diseases.

"The list of diseases recognised corresponds more to male jobs in the
traditional industries than to the reality of contemporary work", according to
Laurent Vogel, the report's author. Very widespread health problems in jobs
where women are strongly represented - cleaning, maintenance, storage, etc. -
are generally ignored.

More information


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