To coincide with World Menopause Day (18 October) the NIPSA Equality Committee is reissuing its 'Guidance on Menopause and the Workplace'.

The guide has been produced for branches and activists to assist female members in the workplace and to bring about improved working conditions for women who are going through the menopause.

We are calling on branches to take the opportunity on World Menopause Day to raise awareness of how the menopause affects so many women in the workplace and press employers to take action to address the health and safety and equality issues linked to the menopause, especially in the context of Covid-19. Employers must ensure risk assessments take the needs of menopausal women into account and that measures to effectively remove or control risks (including the risk of stress) are implemented

During the pandemic the question of the use of fans in workplaces has been raised. The HSE have issued guidance 'Air Conditioning and Ventilation During the Coronavirus Pandemic' which will hopefully address this issue.

Geraldine Alexander
Assistant Secretary