10 keys for gender sensitive occupational safety and health practice – a brief overview

10 keys for gender sensitive occupational safety and health practice – a brief overview

Author
Jack S, Wilson K, Matatiele P, Mlangeni N, Muleba L, Tlotleng N, Letsoalo P, Nqini B, Manganyi J

Source
Occupational Health Southern Africa 22(4): 26-29

Summary

Abstract:

 

Acknowledging the differences between men and women workers in terms of their societal roles, expectations, responsibilities, biological differences and employment patterns plays a key role in identifying the different physical and psychological workplace risks they may each be exposed to. In order to create more comprehensive and effective Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) policies and prevention strategies the International Labour Organization (ILO) has created 10 key guidelines to mainstream gender in the workplace. This article provides a brief overview of these gender sensitive OSH guidelines in celebration of the National Institute for Occupational Health’s (NIOH) 60th anniversary and the launch of the NIOH Gender, Health and the World of Work Programme.