With more women in the workplace performing jobs that require personal protective equipment (PPE), a line of PPE designed specifically for women is long overdue. In this blog we outline the top 5 reasons you should be providing PPE that has been designed with your female workers in mind.
1. Women Are at Risk: When women do not have access to the proper personal protection equipment (PPE) they are likely to forgo it altogether. Women not having proper or any PPE lead to 350,000 workplace injuries and 367 deaths in 2017 alone 2017 National Security Council Fact Book) . Moreover, according to ISHN, “it is [imperative] to have attire that fits properly and offers necessary protections. Clothing that fits improperly may catch on something, impair movement or leave areas of skin exposed to hazards [which can] significantly endanger the wearer. Without properly fitting options, workers may also be less inclined to wear protective garments and be out of compliance with safety standards. Currently, 83% of women report their designated PPE greatly hinders their work. Women are valuable assets to the workforce and we cannot ignore them and their needs. You must work to ensure that all of your employees, regardless of their gender, know they will be safe in their workplace.”
2. It's Inclusive: Not having PPE that fits female bodies sends a message to your current and prospective female employees that you and/or your company does not feel the need to protect women with the same vigor you protect men. Having any percentage of your workforce feeling isolated because of their sex is dangerous for your company as it may create a divide between the workers which could lead to women leaving the company, the loss of production and/or preventable injuries.
3. One Size Does Not Fit All: Women are built differently from men, making men's PPE inherently unable to correctly fit a woman. Take gloves for example, women typically have smaller, thinner hands than men, making gloves designed specifically for a man's hands unable to properly fit a woman. Often, when women wear men's gloves, the gloves bunch at the fingertips, which is not only a safety hazard, but also can greatly hinder production. Additionally, sleeves that are too long become "snag hazards" which can endanger employees by getting caught in equipment. As a result, cuffs originally meant to protect the user from hazardous chemicals may end up collecting those chemicals if they are too loose for the person wearing the gear.
4. It Makes Workers More Comfortable: Your company is only as strong as your workers on a bad day and if your workers regularly feel physically uncomfortable while doing their jobs there is a chance their discomfort is hindering their job performance. Providing all your workers—especially the women—with properly-fitted PPE will not only make those employees feel wanted and comfortable in their workspace, but it would also increase their productivity and morale
5. Women Sizes Are Available: Arbill, seeing the need for more range in their protective gear, unleashed GenWear. GenWear is a gender-neutral series and the TrimFit style gloves are a slender cut of glove that shapes and properly protects slimmer hands. The TrimFit gloves from the GenWear series serve as a great way for companies to provide properly fitted PPE to female employees or any employee with leaner hands.
Arbill has also compiled a product guide specifically designed with women in mind. If you and your company have trouble finding the appropriate PPE for women look no further - Arbill has what you need. Click here to see the Arbill line of products for women.
Ready to learn more about preventing common workplace injuries? Call 800-523-5367 to speak with an Arbill Safety expert or visit our website at www.arbill.com.