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] (1,289 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] (615 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] (298 words)

Safety standards based on standard male workers [ch 1: page 8] (168 words)

Health and safety law is not focused on female-dominated sectors [ch 1: pages 8-9] (344 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] (191 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] (718 words)

Chapter 2

2. Women’s working time [ch 2: pages 16-17] (610 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] (328 words)

Safe transport for women workers [ch 2: pages 18-19] (496 words)

Women and the health effects of shift work [ch 2: page 19] (280 words)

Night work and breast cancer [ch 2: pages 19-20] (746 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] (117 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] (1,065 words)

Sexual harassment [ch 3: page 25] (370 words)

Women and Equalities Committee inquiry [ch 3: pages 26-27] (731 words)

Unions in action [ch 3: pages 27-29] (835 words)

Bullying and harassment [ch 3: pages 29-33] (1,524 words)

Violence [ch 3: pages 33-34] (555 words)

ETUC Safe at home, Safe at work project [ch 3: pages 34-35] (334 words)

Domestic violence [ch 3: pages 35-36] (606 words)

Recent developments [ch 3: page 37] (358 words)

Chapter 4

4. Musculoskeletal disorders [ch 4: page 38] (407 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] (366 words)

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 [ch 4: pages 39-40] (526 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] (817 words)

The risk of developing MSDs for new and expectant mothers [ch 4: page 43] (318 words)

Career development and MSDs [ch 4: page 44] (203 words)

Unions in action [ch 4: pages 44-45] (395 words)

Chapter 5

5. Women’s exposure to hazardous substances and physical hazards at work [ch 5: page 46] (51 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] (1,055 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] (273 words)

Noise and vibration [ch 5: page 51] (270 words)

Chapter 6

6. Work equipment, personal protective equipment and work wear [ch 6: pages 52-53] (510 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] (718 words)

FBU conference resolution [ch 6: page 55] (236 words)

CWU and Royal Mail design and provide work wear for women [ch 6: page 55] (217 words)

Women and work equipment [ch 6: pages 56-57] (585 words)

Discriminatory dress codes and high heels [ch 6: pages 57-59] (1,091 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] (1,236 words)

Possible health and safety risks [ch 7: pages 62-63] (240 words)

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

The menopause [ch 7: pages 64-67] (1,369 words)

Menstruation [ch 7: pages 67-69] (593 words)

Toilet and other welfare facilities [ch 7: pages 69-70] (554 words)

Men’s reproductive health at work [ch 7: page 70] (129 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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