Belfast Telegraph

Most women 'not given correct safety clothing at work'

Most firms are not providing women workers with suitable safety clothing, research has found.

The TUC said fewer than a third of women working in the emergency services, engineering, retail, manufacturing and scientific research were given the correct safety equipment.

A survey of more than 2,600 women showed that over half said the personal protective equipment they had for their job hampered them in their work.

Two out of five said the trousers they had to wear were inappropriate, while a third found overalls unsuitable.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "I'm shocked that so many women - even those working in frontline emergency services - do not have the right protective clothing to do their jobs safely.

"Bosses' complacency risks serious injury. It shouldn't be hard to ensure protective uniforms come in men's and women's sizes.

"Today on International Workers' Memorial Day, we remember all those who have died at work and pledge to redouble our efforts to make sure everyone is safe from illness and injury while they carry out their jobs."