Gender and Health and Safety

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24 October 2017

NIPSA is committed to improving the working lives and conditions of all members. Pressing for healthy and safe workplaces for everyone is a core part of every branch health and safety representative’s role. Being aware of the issues relating to gender in occupational health and safety ensures that workplaces are safer and healthier for everyone. This is because, where the differences between men and women are acknowledged when assessing risk and deciding suitable risk control solutions, there is a greater chance of ensuring that the health, safety and welfare of all members is protected. That is why it is important to take a gender-sensitive approach to health and safety at work, which is a way of improving protection for both women and men and making sure that everyone is equally protected.

This guide aims to highlight the different health and safety risks that female, male and transgender members are exposed to at work and advise on how branch Health and Safety Reps can take a gender-sensitive approach when negotiating adjustments and health and safety policies and procedures with their employer.

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