Women's Occupational Health & Safety

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Women’s occupational health issue are often overlooked by the employers, even though women form the majority of the workforce in both probation and family court sectors.  The TUC Gender and Occupational Safety and Health ‘Gender-sensitivity' Checklist (see link below) seeks to address this.  So please take the time to have a read of this.

For a long time now employers have refused to acknowledge the combined impact house work and caring responsibilities (the majority of which is done by women) impacts on women’s work at the workplace and to the physical differences between men and women. Fortunately there is now more research around women’s occupational safety and health - examples of which are available at the links below.  So there should be no excuse for employers saying they were not aware of these issues.

In 2017 we will be working with academics from  Department of Psychology, King's College London around their Menopause at Work project. Beginning with a survey of our female members to collect data and evidence of their needs around the area of the menopause and pre-menstrual symptoms.  The second part of project will be to develop training materials for reps to refer to when advising women members who are experiencing problems at work as a result of menopausal symptoms.  Please see link below for TUC advice on working through the menopause.

Click here to see Women in Napo page for information on the work Napo does to promote the interests of our women members.

Useful LInks

Napo Women's Occupational Health Seminar

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) - New and expectant mothers

TUC Gender and Occupational Safety and Health ‘Gender-sensitivity' Checklist Ready to use checklist : How gender-sensitive is your workplace?

TUC guide Supporting working women through the menopause, guidance for union representatives

Women’s health and safety

European Agency for Safety and Health at work, women and safety and health at work