New risks and trends in the safety and health of women at work

A new report - published by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work -
presents an update to the Agency´s previous research on gender issues at work,
which found that inequality both inside and outside the workplace can have an
effect on the health and safety of women at work. It provides a policy
perspective and is meant to contribute to the task outlined by the European
strategy on health and safety at work for EU-OSHA's European Risk Observatory,
"examining the specific challenges in terms of health and safety posed by the
more extensive integration of women in the labour market". It provides a
statistical overview of the trends in employment and working conditions, hazard
exposure and work-related accidents and health problems for women at work. It
explores selected issues (combined exposures, occupational cancer, access to
rehabilitation, women and informal work, and "emerging" female professions such
as home care and domestic work). The research highlights 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 - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work