Gender and Occupational Safety and Health

The increasing proportion of women in the workforce raises a
range of gender-related questions about the different effects of work-related
risks on men and women. If health promotion policies in the field of occupational
safety and health (OSH) are to be effective for both women and men, they must be
based on more accurate information about the relationship between health and gender

Women workers are particularly disadvantaged by out of date workforce
structures, workplace arrangements and attitudes. The concentration of women
workers in particular occupations leads to a specific pattern of injury and
disease. General measures directed at all workers do not necessarily achieve
the desired benefits for women workers. Health promotion policies for working
women need to take into account all of their three roles: as housewives, as
mothers and as workers. The effects of gender on health need to be more
carefully explored to develop a better understanding of the relationship
between women's health and the social and economic roles of women as they match
those of men.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) focuses on a gender sensitive
approach recognising that because of the different jobs women and men do, their
different societal roles, the expectations and responsibilities they have,
women and men may be exposed to different physical and psychological risks at
the workplace, thus requiring differing control measures.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: International Labour Organisation (ILO)