Article included in edition Volume XII :: Nr.2 :: December 2016

Could You Repeat That?

Personal protective equipment: getting the right fit for women

Aída Ponce Del Castillo1
(1) Unité «Conditions de travail, santé et sécurité», Institut syndical européen (ETUI),
Bd. du Roi Albert II, 5, 1210 Bruxelles, Belgique

In the workplace personal protective equipment can save lives. Yet in many occupations, in spite of the increasing numbers of women employed, this equipment continues to be designed by men for men. A number of recent initiatives seek to design protective gear catering for the different shape of the female body.

Keywords personal protective equipment, gender, clothing design.