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Gender Occupational health and safety (GOSH)
We always assume, (sometimes wrongly) that health and safety is gender neutral, however there are subtle differences, both men and women are exposed to risks at work. Women make up 42% of the employed population in the EU.
Unfortunately the impact of gender on both men’s and women’s occupational health and safety is underfunded, under researched and poorly understood although we continually hear reports about discrimination against new and expectant mothers, their working conditions, how they are continually treated by work colleagues and employers.
We need to engage with employers to gain a better understanding of the impact of gender (sex) differences on men and women’s occupational health and safety and use this information to reduce the inequality in our member’s workplaces.
The SoR is predominantly female members (with 23106 female and just 6191 male members), sadly there is a perception within health and safety that the risks which may be associated with female dominated industries (Mammography for example) are taken less seriously than those in male dominated industries (construction for example), whilst the truth of the matter is they both present very different and valid risks which need to understood and addressed as soon as possible.
Gender Specific Occupational Health and Safety (GOSH) is promoting everyone’s participation and ensuring the best preventative solutions are selected for all regardless of gender
- Health and Safety Executive: Health and safety for new and expectant mothers: (information on maternity rights and links to ‘pregnancy at work’ http://www.hse.gov.uk/mothers/index.htm
- Health and Safety Executive: Vulnerable Workers; http://www.hse.gov.uk/vulnerable-workers/gender.htm
- Women and work: Advice from the home office: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/government-equalities-office
- TUC Gender Occupational Health and Safety Web pages: https://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace-issues/health-and-safety/gender-and-occ...
- European Agency for Safety and Health at Work: Fact sheet: https://osha.europa.eu/en/tools-and-publications/publications/factsheets/43