Making sure the shoe – and hard hat – fits

Health and safety concerns differ for women in non-traditional workplaces
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/10/2011

Jan Chappel can think of a few instances where women working in non-traditional, male-dominated workplaces experienced trials. There was the woman who had trouble properly fitting a full-face mask to her narrow face. Or the construction worker forced to visit a Tim Horton’s down the street to use the women’s washroom.

One would hope a good employer would recognize the diversity of its workforce and act accordingly, says Chappel, senior technical specialist at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.

“They should be recognizing that everybody has different needs and it’s not necessarily gender-based.”