Report — new risks and trends in the safety and health of women at work

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English
2013

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This report presents an update to the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)'s previous research on gender issues at work, which found that inequality both inside and outside the workplace can have an effect on the health and safety of women at work. It provides a policy perspective and the intention was to contribute to the task outlined by the European strategy on health and safety at work for EU-OSHA’s European Risk Observatory, 'examining the specific challenges in terms of health and safety posed by the more extensive integration of women in the labour market'. It provides a statistical overview of the trends in employment and working conditions, hazard exposure and work-related accidents, and health problems for women at work. It explores selected issues (combined exposures, occupational cancer, access to rehabilitation, women and informal work, and 'emerging' female professions such as home care and domestic work). The research highlights the type of work carried out by women, issues faced by younger and older women, the growth of the service sector, violence and harassment, and the increasingly diversified working time patterns as major risk factors.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Not sector specific
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Biological hazard: 
Microbiological hazards (Microorganism)
Fungi
Viruses
Bacteria
Parasites
Zoonoses
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Dusts
Fibres
Gases
Liquids
Nanoparticles (airborne liquids/solids including smoke or mist)
Solids
Vapours
Hazard - health effects: 
Allergens
Carcinogens
Irritants
Toxic substances
Infection
Exposure route: 
Bites and stings
Dermal contact
Ingestion
Inhalation
Ocular (through eyes)
Sharps and cuts
Skin absorption
Substance Description: 

Trichloroethylene, Beryllium, Ethylene oxide, Asbestos, Formaldehyde

CAS Number: 
79-01-6
7440-41-7
75-21-8
1332-21-4
50-00-0
EC number: 
201-167-4
231-150-7
200-849-9
603-721-4
200-001-8
Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
Level 1. Substitution
Level 2. Technical measures, e.g. local exhaust ventilation
Level 2. Reducing / minimising the risk by organisational measures, e.g. reducing the number of workers exposed
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Training / guidance
Hygiene measures
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
Report
Target group: 
Employers
OSH consultant
Policy makers
Researchers
Safety officers

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