International women's day: Gender issues in safety and health at work

Women make up 42% of the employed population in the EU. Men and women are not
the same and the jobs they do, their working conditions and how they are
treated by society are not the same. These factors can affect the hazards they
face at work and the approach that needs to be taken to assess and control them.

Factors to take into account include:

  • women and men are concentrated in certain jobs, and therefore face hazards
    particular to those jobs

  • women and men are physically different, including in regard to reproduction

  • women and men have different responsibilities in the home. Working women may
    have two jobs, at work and in the home.

It is therefore important to recognise these differences and take a 'gender
sensitive' approach to health and safety at work.

More information - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work