Health and Safety Considerations for Women in Maritime Workplaces

Prioritizing health and safety considerations for women in Maritime workplaces is essential for promoting a safe and inclusive work environment. Some of the areas to consider regarding health and safety include:

Physical Health Support

Specific tasks such as lifting heavy equipment or working in confined spaces, may be more physically challenging for women due to differences in strength and body size, Female workers can suffer high rates of musculoskeletal injuries. Maritime employers must provide a safe working environment, even if that means providing specific protections and training for certain workers.

Work-life Balance!

Maritime Employers could make extra effort by offering flexible work arrangements, Pregnancy and Maternity leave policies, and childcare support to help balance their personal and family commitment and enable females to remain relevant and part of the industry’s workforce without the fear of dismissal. Promotion of gender diversity in leadership positions and decision-making roles to ensure that women’s perspectives are represented. These would also help to combat Discrimination in the workplace.

Female sanitary support

Provide sanitary materials on board and ways to dispose of them. Female hygiene products could be available in medical lockers, and toilets should be equipped with sanitary disposal bags or bins.

By addressing these health and safety considerations for women in Maritime workplaces, organizations can create a more inclusive and supportive environment that prioritizes the well-being of all employees, especially women.