Women at Work – The Occupational Safety and Health Perspective
A Conference to Empower Women at Workplaces at OSH Mumbai, 23rd November 2017, CIDCO Exhibition Centre, Vashi, Navi Mumbai
Over the last two decades, women’s significant progress in educational achievements has not translated into a comparable improvement in their position at work.
The International Labour Organization believes gender differences should be considered in the development of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) policies and prevention strategies. In taking a gender sensitive approach, one recognizes that because of the different jobs women and men do and the different societal roles and responsibilities they have, they are exposed to different physical and psychological risks at the workplace, thus requiring different control measures.
Women are concentrated in sectors to include health and social sector, retail, education, public administration, agriculture and manufacturing and are exposed to a different pattern of workplace hazards and risks (for example, exposure to toxic chemicals, ergonomic demands, risk of accidents, and psychosocial risks). The concentration of women workers in particular occupations leads to a specific pattern of injury and disease.
Women while balancing dual responsibilities at work and home are over-represented in low-status jobs, which are often characterised by multiple jobs, work intensification, lack of career progression and lack of autonomy and personal control. Such characteristics of the work environment contribute to higher strain and stress levels.
The Global Wage Report 2016-17 released by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), India shows one of the world’s worst gender gaps in wages. The report shows that men earned more than women in similar jobs, with the gap exceeding 30 percent. Women are paid 33% less than men in hourly wages in India. Women represented 63 percent of the lowest paid wage labor while only 15 percent of the highest wage-earners were female.
Women workers are particularly disadvantaged by out of date workforce structures, workplace arrangements and attitudes. A broad strategy for the improvement of women workers’ safety and health has to be built within a national policy on OSH, particularly in those areas where women are concentrated.
Authorities should take a gender-sensitive approach in reviewing OSH legislation and ensuring employers implement risk management and protective measures ensuring gender differences are addressed. OSH legislation while taking into account existing legislation concerning the prevention of violence and harassment at work should take into account the interaction between work and home and allow for a reasonable work-life balance.
Improving women’s occupational safety and health cannot be viewed separately from wider discrimination issues at work and in society. Employment equality actions should include OSH.
Under the aegis of The Occupational Safety and Health event, UBM India is hosting a one-day conference on ‘Women at Work’ and the issues that would be touched upon at the conference would be challenges with regard to the inequality between women and men in the labour market with respect to opportunities, treatment and outcomes.
Key topics at the conference would include:
- Gender Sensitive approach to Workplace Health and Safety
- Ensuring the participation of men and women in OSH measures, Health Promotion and Decision -making
- Breaking the Glass Ceiling in the World of Work
- Designing work tools and PPE for women
- Safety and Occupational Health as a Career for Women.
Ms Khair Ull Nissa Sheikh
World Trade Center India Services & Verbind
Ms Ratna Pawan
Global Head of Security Risk, GSCs and Technology
HSBC Operations, Service and Technology – Operations
HSBC Electronic Data Processing India Pvt. Ltd.
Mr Subroto Mukherjee
Head Administration & Facilities Management
Dr. Nilesh Gandhi (hon.)
Metadesign India Pvt Ltd.
Mr Ish Anand (MRICS)
Founder & CEO
Relia Smart Learning & Development Pvt. Ltd.
(under License from Business Doctors UK & OBD Academy UK)
Dr. Francin Pinto
3-S Envo Projects Pvt Ltd.
The participation fee covers lunch and tea for 1 day
Members are requested to take advantage of this unique opportunity and nominate their suitable officials for the programme.
As we have only a limited number of seats for the programme, registration will be on first-cum-first-served basis. We may limit the number of participants from the same company, if the nominations exceed the overall limit of participants.
Rs. 6000 / - per delegate (plus 15 % Service Tax)
Corporate ( 5 members)
Rs. 25500 / - (plus 15 % Service Tax)
10% discount for the nomination of 3 or more delegates
15% discount for the nomination of 5 or more delegates
Terms and Conditions
- Use the attached registration form to confirm participation.
- Registration will be confirmed on a first-come-first served basis.
- The programme is non residential, and prior registration & payment of the delegate fee before the Conference is a must
- Delegate fee is non-refundable. However, change in nomination is accepted for this particular programme only, and has to be notified at least one week prior to the commencement of the program
- To raise invoice email request along with the PAN & TAN No. to be sent to the Coordinator
- Cheque/DD should be drawn in favour of UBM India private Limited.
For Delegate Enquiry : Sheela Pandit T: 98204 07809 E: [email protected]
For Speaker Enquiry : Padma Ramakrishnan T: 99872 05314 E: [email protected]