Work safety and Women’s Health

Women make up almost half of the workforce in the United States. The Center for Disease Control reports that women are more likely to suffer work-related injury or illness than men are. They attribute this statistically significant difference to kinds of jobs men and women hold. There are a range of work stresses and dangers that disproportionately affect women.

Women are more likely to report cases of carpal-tunnel syndrome. They also suffer from work-related tendonitis more extensively than do their male counterparts. Armed with this knowledge, women who work at computers or other similar machines that might cause repetitive-stress injuries should take advantage of improvements in ergonomic design. They should make sure their chairs are adjusted properly, they have their work stations set up in the least dangerous way, and they take frequent breaks even if only to do another kind of task.

Women are also more susceptible to diseases caused by unfavorable environmental conditions in the workplace. Respiratory disease and infectious disease are more likely to affect women in the workplace. They should help their employers to provide a clean and pollutant-free workspace.

Companies protect themselves from workers’ mistakes by taking out errors and omissions insurance. Female workers need to take precautions to protect themselves from workplace risks. One of the most damaging factors affecting women at work is stress. Female workers need to be aware of the risks that affect them and be proactive in combating such risks.