Women and OSH

EU-OSHA supports campaign to end violence against women

Orange the world: End violence against women now! This is the global theme for this year’s 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, which runs from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December 2021, Human Rights Day.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified.

Musculoskeletal disorders among women, LGBTI and migrant workers: risk factors and prevention

Why are women, migrant and LGBTI workers particularly at risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)? And how can these workers be protected?

In a comprehensive review, we examine the prevalence of MSDs among these groups and identify the associated physical, psychosocial, individual and organisational risk factors.

The report is based on interviews with experts, focus groups with workers, and includes in-depth analysis of case studies and policy pointers for preventing MSDs in each of the three groups.

Labour inspectors' guide for diversity sensitive risk assessment

Diversity-sensitive risk assessment aims at a holistic approach to occupational safety and health (OSH) taking account of group specific risks and interventions, in particular regarding age and gender-related issues. The working group for emerging risks (WG EMEX) of the Senior Labour Inspectors’ Committee (SLIC) presents a guideline for labour inspectors and gives recommendations on how to develop inspection procedures and to enhance the effectiveness of labour inspectors’ workplace interventions with regards to diversity issues.

International Women’s Day 2021 - Taking action for equality at the workplace

Every 8th of March continues raising awareness about the pending barriers and challenges in achieving gender equality for all.

On International Women’s Day, at EU-OSHA we highlight how women, among other groups of workers, are exposed to physical, psychosocial and organisational risk factors at the workplace when it comes to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), including through the dual role of worker and unpaid carer.

Can you help us in achieving more equal, healthier and safer EU workplaces?

Preventing musculoskeletal disorders among women, migrants and LGBTI workers

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) can affect anyone, but research shows that groups of workers at risk of discrimination, such as women, migrants and LGBTI workers, are particularly at risk.

A new, comprehensive report establishes why these groups typically have poorer occupational safety and health conditions and what companies and public bodies can do to address the issue.