Problem

Occupational hazards of female workers


Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Nature:
Female workers are subject to problems unknown to their male counterparts and which could, if preventive measures were taken, be greatly reduced. The problems include menstrual disorders which may reduce a woman's concentration and make her accident-prone, and which can be exacerbated by inadequate sanitary facilities geared to the specific needs of a woman during menstruation; prolapse of the uterus which seriously impairs a woman is working capacity and is exacerbated by the heavy postnatal physical work common to farmers and peasants; inflammatory disorders of the small pelvis which can result from tight fitting clothes or chemical pollution of the working environment; gynaecological tumours which may be caused by occupational carcinogenic substances; deformities of the pelvis and lumbar spinal column caused by extreme physical stress during pregnancy; neuro-endocrine disorders linked with the unique responsibilities of women - outside employment, household duties, and possibility motherhood as well; and the recent discoveries that video display units may cause pregnancy disorders and that work involved in creating microchips can lead to miscarriages.
Claim:
Prevention of overstrain and damage to health of working women could be realized if adequate emphasis was given to socio-political considerations (labour protection laws, childcare provisions); working conditions (pre-employment medical examinations to determine job suitability, perhaps an adjusted work rhythm); and domestic considerations.
Broader Problems:
Occupational hazards
Values:
Hazard
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET