Health and safety given the feminine touch
By Gemma Childe on 15th Aug 2016
A health and safety guide for women has been launched by the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC).
Despite women making up about half the workforce, occupational health and safety for women is often overlooked or misunderstood.
The toolkit is designed for trade union reps, shop stewards and officers to help negotiate with employers, represent members and to make a real difference.
It includes information about domestic violence, sexual harassment, pregnant workers and new mothers, stress and mental health, the menopause and cancer.
The STUC has listed six reasons why action must be taken:
Unionised workplaces are safer for women, according to research, which has shown that unionised workplaces are safer than those without safety reps and safety committees.
The union says that in workplaces where mainly or only women work, hazards are often unrecognised or under-researched and in workplaces where mainly men work, women are often expected to wear inappropriate safety clothes and differences between workplace health issues for men and women are insufficiently addressed.