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Survey Finds Women in Construction Still Lack Appropriate PPE

The survey found that women working in construction face challenges when it comes to finding properly fitting personal protective equipment for the jobsite

March 22, 2024
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In July 2023, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a proposed rule to revise its standard on personal protective equipment (PPE) in construction “to ensure that all PPE that is selected properly fits each affected employee.” But a recent survey of women in construction indicates more progress needs to be made, Safety+Health magazine reports.

Researchers at Lumber, a construction workforce management organization, surveyed 100 female construction company owners, executives and decision-makers about worksite challenges. Sixty-seven percent of respondents said PPE such as safety harnesses and hard hats weren’t readily available in women’s sizes, while 85% couldn’t access maternity-friendly safety equipment.

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