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Safety representative guide shows gender divide in workplace risks

A guide published by the Trades Union Congress has highlighted the need to take gender differences into account when doing risk assessments.

A guide published by the Trades Union Congress has highlighted the need to take gender differences into account when doing risk assessments. Gender in occupational health and safety discusses the need for some gender specific risk assessments.

The report explains that risks differ between genders. For example, women tend to suffer from upper back and limb pain following repetitive work, while men are more likely to suffer from lower back pain from high force exertion.

Checklists are provided for representatives. The guide also states that men’s requirements when it comes to health and safety have often been prioritised, with women in male-dominated occupations (such as construction and emergency services) often placed at risk from inappropriately designed tools and personal protective equipment (PPE).

The guide has been written using the report on PPE based on two surveys by the TUC and Prospect.

Gender in occupational safety and health - A TUC guide for trade union activists