Personal protective equipment: getting the right fit for women

(7 January 2016) In the workplace personal protective equipment can save lives. Yet in many occupations, in spite of the increasing numbers of women employed, this equipment continues to be designed by men for men. A number of recent initiatives seek to design protective gear catering for the different shape of the female body. There is a scarcity of personal protective equipment (PPE) specifically designed for female workers. Reported experiences of wearing PPE confirm that by limiting effective protection, it forms a barrier to employment opportunities. Research data show that designing PPE for women requires different parameters and a commitment on the part of manufacturers and suppliers to developing this equipment which, if and when it is actually available, makes such a big difference in the working lives of the women concerned. See full report:

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