Protecting Safety & Health of Female Construction Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) have renewed their partnership to continue promoting safe and healthy working conditions for female construction workers.

The five-year alliance will focus on hazards of particular concern to women in the construction industry.  This includes personal protective equipment selection, sanitation, and workplace intimidation and violence.

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, Loren Sweatt, said women represent a small, but growing segment of the construction workforce.  Sweatt added, “OSHA’s renewed alliance with NAWIC will continue to promote innovative solutions to safety and health hazards unique to female construction workers.”

Those participating in this alliance will share information on recognizing and preventing workplace hazards in construction with their employers.  They will share information involving OSHA campaigns, including the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction; Heat Illness Prevention; and the Safe + Sound Campaign for Safety and Health Programs.

From 1985 to 2007, the number of women who were employed in the construction industry increased by more than 81%. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Industries, by 2011 there were more than 800,000 women employed in various sectors of the construction industry.  NAWIC was formed 1955 and provides educational and professional development opportunities to more than 4,000 women working in construction.

View this related HSE Press Journal article:  Women in Construction