Second-Class Protection: The Lack of PPE for Women

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a crucial source of protection for workers to minimize the risk of workplace injuries. It’s essential that workers have properly fitting PPE in order to stay protected against these risks. However, women are facing serious disadvantages when it comes to PPE because of the lack of protective equipment designed specifically for females.

The reasoning is that PPE and clothing are often designed for the average-sized male or come in unisex sizing. However, protective equipment designed for men doesn’t always fit women correctly because of their differences in body size and composition. The lack of PPE for women is also attributed to the low number of women in industries that require PPE, such as construction.

A recent article in Safety and Health Magazine stated that “according to OSHA, in 2010 about 9 percent of workers – or 818,000 – in the construction industry were women. Of … Read more...

NIOSH Offers Black Lung Screenings, EPA Proposes Largest Cleanup Yet, Tips for Employers with an Aging Workforce and more on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • NIOSH offers free black lung tests to coal miners
  • FRA proposes minimum crew size
  • Hazardous industries in Winnipeg face annual inspections
  • Largest cleanup in EPA history proposed
  • Study finds back pain is the #1 ergonomic issue worldwide
  • Tips for employers faced with an aging workforce

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • NIOSH’s Video “Faces of Black Lung.” View it here.
  • Largest Proposed Cleanup in EPA History. Read it here.
  • NIOSH’s Publication “Simple Solutions: Ergonomics for