How can I prevent health problems from unsafe working conditions

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Many of these conditions cannot be changed unless workers get together and demand change. But here are some things you can do yourself to prevent problems:

When you begin a new task, get instructions from your boss or supervisor about how to safely use all equipment and chemicals. Always ask for advice from women with experience using the same equipment or the same chemicals.

Whenever possible, wear protective clothing—like hats, masks, gloves, or earplugs for loud noises. When working with machines, avoid wearing loose clothing. Keep long hair tied up and covered.

If your workplace is hot, drink plenty of liquids and eat salted foods — especially if you are pregnant. Women are more likely to get heat stroke than men.

  • Burns, A. A., Niemann, S., Lovich, R., Maxwell, J., & Shapiro, K. (2014). Where women have no doctor: A health guide for women. Hesperian Foundation.
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