August/September 2020 (vol. 17/2)

ContentsFeaturesNewsLegal NewsResearch DigestResearch PlusCPD

An unsuitable fit for women

Have industry and employers responded to calls for better fitting personal protective equipment?


Three years ago, this journal reported research showing that many women working in hazardous jobs were unable to access correctly fitting personal protective equipment; that is, PPE specifically designed for women. Victoria Goldman finds out if the situation has improved.

The female employment rate is at an all-time high, at 72.4%1. Women are most likely to work in health and social work, followed by the wholesale and retail trade and then education. Only a small proportion of women work in what are traditionally seen as male-dominated industries, such as construction (14% of all jobs in this industry), transportation and storage (23%) and manufacturing (25%). However, the gender-balance of these industries is gradually changing, following recent drives to expand their female workforces…


Victoria Goldman is a freelance health writer and author.

Author: Goldman V


Occupational Health at Work August/September 2020 (vol. 17/2) pp35-39

Download full article