More than 800,000 construction workers are women. Though they comprise just 9 percent of the construction workforce, they often face more risks than their male coworkers.
"There are safety and health issues specific to female construction workers," states a OSHA Web page dedicated to women in construction. These hazards create barriers to women entering and remaining in this field.
For example, personal protective equipment is often designed for men and may not properly fit women, compromising their personal safety. Sanitation facilities may not be adequate for women. Women construction workers also may face challenges related to workplace culture, ergonomics, reproductive hazards, and training.
"Through the Alliance, OSHA and NAWIC will work together to provide NAWIC members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources," according to a statement announcing the alliance.
By Nancy Grover
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October 21, 2013
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