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Personal protective equipment and women
Guidance for workplace representatives on ensuring it is a safe fit Despite a legal duty on bosses to provide the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to their staff free of charge, only 3 in 10 women (29%) told a survey that the PPE they wear to keep them safe at work is specifically designed for women. Women responding to the survey work in a range of jobs, including in the emergency services, retail and manufacturing, engineering and scientific research. Many reported that ill-fitting PPE which isn't designed to protect women workers gets in the way of them doing their job safely...
Factors affecting fall severity from a ladder
Impact of climbing direction, gloves, gender and adaptation Ladder falls cause many fatal injuries. The factors that affect whether a ladder perturbation leads to a fall are not well understood. This study quantified the effects of several factors on a person's ability to recover from a ladder perturbation. Thirty-five participants each experienced six unexpected ladder missteps, for three glove conditions (bare hands, high friction, low friction) and two climbing directions (ascent, descent). Fall severity was increased during ladder descent (p < 0.001). Gloves did not affect fall severity...

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