Women and Health at Work

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has compiled information on
safety and health of working women and gender related issues. They have
compiled a list of links to practical information about working women and the
hazards they may face, health and safety research into workplace gender issues,
and information about strategies etc. towards health and safety gender issues
in the workplace.

There are examples of practical guidelines and relevant legislation as well as
research documents and documents relating to the debate about how to take
better account of gender in occupational safety and health. There are Member
State, European and international examples. There is also a list of links, by
country, to the websites of some organisations that provide information on
gender and occupational safety and health.

The list of topics include:

Accidents e.g. slips, trips and falls 

Biological hazards 

Chemical hazards 

Consultation and participation in the workplace 

Employment contracts - e.g. temporary and part-time work 

Equipment e.g. tools, machinery, personal protective equipment 
Management - includes legislation, risk assesment, workplace strategies and
interventions, gender sensitive policies and avoiding discrimination 

Muskuloskeletal disorders - MSDs, manual handling, repetitive injuries.

Physical agents e.g. noise, vibration 

Programmes, strategies, policies, campaigns - national, regional, etc.

Reproductive issues, includes disorders, hazards, pregnancy, new mothers 

Society and discrimination issues

Stress (includes bullying and harassment)


Vulnerable groups e.g. ageing, immigrants, the disabled

Work organisation, work load, pace of work

Work/life balance

Working hours

Workplace welfare and services

Further Information

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