Perhaps you remember the embarrassing scenario for NASA in early 2019, when the space agency was forced to cancel its first-ever all-woman spacewalk because they didn't have two suits on the International Space Station that fit them.
While most people were shocked, women in professions that require them to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) know the challenges they face in getting equipment that fits properly.
The problem has really come to the fore as more and more women enter professions that have traditionally been jobs that men gravitate towards. For example, nearly 10% of construction jobs in the U.S. are now held by women.
It's not uncommon for women in those types of work to have to use equipment that is made for men, forcing them to don overalls, gloves, vests, footwear, and more that are too large.
If you have jobs that require specialized protective equipment, make sure you have items in sizes for all workers. Consider your needs for:
The right fit is imperative because loose-fitting items can lead to accidents that cause injuries or worse, especially if loose coveralls get caught in machinery.
Never suggest that your female workers to take shortcuts, like rolling up sleeves or pant legs that are too long. If they are rolled up, there may not be adequate protection.
Apply standards uniformly
To make sure that you have equipment that fits all of your workers:
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