Magazine article Occupational Hazards

NIOSH Studying Women's Issues. (EHS News)

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

NIOSH Studying Women's Issues. (EHS News)

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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is conducting or sponsoring research in a number of areas related to the health of working women:

Musculoskeletal disorders. Sprains and strains, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and other musculoskeletal disorders account for more than half (52 percent) of the injuries and illnesses suffered by female workers. Research will examine if physical differences between men and women, or differences in the jobs they hold, contribute to this increased risk for women.

Job stress. In one survey, 60 percent of employed women cited stress as their No. 1 problem at work. Furthermore, levels of stress-related illness are nearly twice as high for women as for men. NIOSH is conducting studies to identify workplace factors that are particularly stressful to women and potential prevention measures.

Reproductive hazards. Three-quarters of women of reproductive age are in the work force. Over half of the children born in the United States are born to working mothers. …

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