09/01/2006

Women's occupational health survey results

All assumed health risks and prevention policies from assessments of exposure
to hazardous chemicals, machine parts etc. through job and safety provision
design to research into the links between diseases and work is calculated and
patterned on a "standard" worker.

For those who do not fit that model ­ especially women ­ standards of workplace
prevention are alarmingly low. This "male-centric" approach to prevention puts
little focus on women's work-related diseases, and this is clear to see both in
compensation and prevention of occupational diseases. Disorders suffered by
women workers are often dismissed as "women's problems" rather than production
issues. In many cases, the women workers themselves may not be aware of the
linkages between certain disease entities and their work.

These considerations prompted the Preventive Health and Safety Department and
Women's Coordination Committee of the Rome and Latium section of the Italian
General Confederation of Labour (CGIL) to carry out a joint inquiry with INCA1
and the Pomezia Labour Federation into occupational diseases in the
Pomezia/Castelli region. The survey was designed specifically to highlight
women's situations, and was carried out with assistance from over 900 workers ­
two thirds of them women ­ in the food processing, mechanical engineering,
retail and catering industries, education, the cleaning and chemical
industries, the (private) health sector, and the telecommunications and textile
industries.

Further Information


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