Why are we getting involved?
More women are now working in the mining industry but a lot of the framework hasn’t followed suit: be it separate changing rooms for women, crèche/nursery/childcare to support female employees coming back to work or work clothing amongst other things. Clothing, foot wear and safety equipment that makes you feel good and feminine is scarce.
Fitting PPE is important for a number of reasons:
- Increased safety: if the clothes fit properly and aren’t loose there is less risk of hazards and accidents
- Increased performance: if the clothes fit properly you can get about and perform your duties more easily
- Increased self-confidence and well-being: Not having to wear baggy and ill-fitting clothes makes you feel good in your skin and gives you the feeling that your employer values you
PPE specifically designed for females does now exist and we hope to see the whole industry kitting out their female employees with appropriate work gear.
What we’ve seen in our industry for far too long, is women simply supplied with small men’s sizes which are not designed to fit the contours or proportions of the female body.
We welcome everyone to participate in this debate and to send in their stories
We promote manufacturers of female PPE and have listed them here