LRD Booklets September 2018

Women's health and safety at work - a guide for union reps

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Introduction

Introduction
 [pages 3-5] (1,299 words)

The UK’s 15 million working women now make up around half the workforce. But the risks they face at work are often described as hidden or ...
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Chapter 1

1. Why take a gender-sensitive approach to occupational safety and health?
 [ch 1: pages 6-7] (624 words)

Recognising diversity, including gender differences, in the workforce is vital in ensuring the health and safety of both men and women workers. As ...
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Women’s working time
 [ch 1: page 7] (299 words)

Safety standards based on standard male workers
 [ch 1: page 8] (169 words)

Health and safety law is not focused on female-dominated sectors 
 [ch 1: pages 8-9] (347 words)

A gender-sensitive approach is also important for male workers
 [ch 1: page 9] (107 words)

A gender-sensitive approach in action
 [ch 1: page 9] (194 words)

Gender in occupational safety and health — the TUC guide
 [ch 1: pages 10-13] (1,055 words)

Including gender in risk assessments — EU-OHSA guide
 [ch 1: pages 13-15] (740 words)

Chapter 2

2. Women’s working time 
 [ch 2: pages 16-17] (617 words)

On average, men work longer than women, with full-time men working an average of around 39 hours a week, compared with around 34 hours a week for ...
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The impact of precarious work on women’s health and safety
 [ch 2: page 17] (333 words)

Safe transport for women workers
 [ch 2: pages 18-19] (509 words)

Women and the health effects of shift work 
 [ch 2: page 19] (284 words)

Night work and breast cancer
 [ch 2: pages 19-20] (761 words)

TUC Dying to Work campaign
 [ch 2: page 21] (183 words)

Chapter 3

3. Stress and mental health, bullying, harassment and violence
 [ch 3: page 22] (118 words)

Women are generally at a higher risk of psychosocial hazards including bullying, violence and harassment (including sexual harassment), and risks ...
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Stress
 [ch 3: pages 22-25] (1,093 words)

Sexual harassment
 [ch 3: page 25] (371 words)

Women and Equalities Committee inquiry
 [ch 3: pages 26-27] (735 words)

Unions in action 
 [ch 3: pages 27-29] (845 words)

Bullying and harassment 
 [ch 3: pages 29-33] (1,545 words)

Violence
 [ch 3: pages 33-34] (561 words)

ETUC Safe at home, Safe at work project
 [ch 3: pages 34-35] (337 words)

Domestic violence
 [ch 3: pages 35-36] (620 words)

Recent developments 
 [ch 3: page 37] (362 words)

Chapter 4

4. Musculoskeletal disorders 
 [ch 4: page 38] (413 words)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) explains that the term musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) covers “any injury, damage or disorder of the joints ...
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The fight for recognition that women’s work causes MSDs
 [ch 4: pages 38-39] (370 words)

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
 [ch 4: pages 39-40] (533 words)

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992
 [ch 4: page 41] (208 words)

What can reps do?
 [ch 4: pages 41-43] (820 words)

The risk of developing MSDs for new and expectant mothers
 [ch 4: page 43] (324 words)

Career development and MSDs
 [ch 4: page 44] (206 words)

Unions in action
 [ch 4: pages 44-45] (398 words)

Chapter 5

5. Women’s exposure to hazardous substances and physical hazards at work
 [ch 5: page 46] (52 words)

This Chapter sets out some of the issues trade unions and safety campaigners have identified in relation to the risks women workers face from ...
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Occupational health research has been male-dominated
 [ch 5: pages 46-48] (1,072 words)

Occupational exposure levels and women workers
 [ch 5: page 49] (205 words)

COSHH Regulations
 [ch 5: pages 49-50] (306 words)

Skin conditions
 [ch 5: page 50] (278 words)

Noise and vibration
 [ch 5: page 51] (271 words)

Chapter 6

6. Work equipment, personal protective equipment and work wear
 [ch 6: pages 52-53] (516 words)

As the TUC sets out in its Gender in occupational safety and health guide, work equipment, tools and personal protective equipment (PPE) have all ...
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TUC guidance on PPE and women
 [ch 6: pages 53-54] (734 words)

FBU conference resolution 
 [ch 6: page 55] (241 words)

CWU and Royal Mail design and provide work wear for women
 [ch 6: page 55] (221 words)

Women and work equipment
 [ch 6: pages 56-57] (588 words)

Discriminatory dress codes and high heels
 [ch 6: pages 57-59] (1,108 words)

Chapter 7

7. Pregnancy, maternity, menstruation and the menopause
 [ch 7: page 60] (55 words)

This Chapter looks at women’s (and men’s) reproductive health and safety at work. It examines health and safety law, and employers’ failure to ...
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New and expectant mothers
 [ch 7: pages 60-62] (1,243 words)

Possible health and safety risks 
 [ch 7: pages 62-63] (266 words)

Pregnancy and maternity discrimination
 [ch 7: page 6] (236 words)

The menopause
 [ch 7: pages 64-67] (1,378 words)

Menstruation
 [ch 7: pages 67-69] (599 words)

Toilet and other welfare facilities
 [ch 7: pages 69-70] (558 words)

Men’s reproductive health at work
 [ch 7: page 70] (131 words)

Further information

Further information

 [pages 71-72] (373 words)

Close the gap, Works on women’s participation in the Scottish labour market and to enable action to address the causes of women’s inequality at ...
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