As we celebrate woman’s day on the 9th of August we look at woman in the workplace and the occupational health and safety facts for woman.
•Around the globe it is much harder for a woman to find a job than for a man
•The rate of unemployment amongst woman was 7.5 percentage points higher than for men.
•Although SA has made great strides in gender employment it is still below the 50% mark in positions with influence.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
•Women tend to have different occupational hazards and health issues than men in the workplace. The reasons for these differences may be differences in biology or in the work that women are performing.
•Women’s higher rates of job-related stress may be because women are often caregivers at home and do contingent work and contract work at a much higher rate than men.
•Women are also at higher risk for occupational stress, which can be caused by balancing roles as a parent or caregiver with work.
•Another significant occupational hazard for women is homicide, which was the second most frequent cause of death on the job for women in 2011, making up 26% of workplace deaths in women.
•Women are at lower risk for work-related death than men.
•Personal protective clothing is usually designed for typical male proportions, which can create hazards for women who have ill-fitting equipment.
•Woman are less likely to report an occupational injury than men.
•Sexual harassment is an occupational hazard for many women