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...

EPA’s Stance on TCE, Young Worker Safety, “Unisex” PPE Concerns, 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:

  • Protecting against outdoor worker hazards
  • EPA wants stronger laws to decrease health risks of TCE
  • Results of a new survey on workplace noise levels
  • OSHA worried about safety of young workers
  • Ill-fitting PPE may present a hazard to female workers

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.

  • OSHA’s David Michaels’ Blog Post: Read it here.
  • OSHA’s Resources for Young Workers. Check them out here.
  • EPA Trichloroethylene (TCE) Alternatives and Risk Reduction Workshop. Find out more here.