Women in Construction: Safe, Healthy, and Equitable Work Sites

Ariane Hegewisch, M.Phil.

March 12, 2018
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The construction industry offers rewarding careers to women. Jobs in construction are projected to grow at all levels and apprenticeships offer well-established pathways to skilled, well-rewarded jobs in the trades. Healthy and safe worksites are a prerequisite if the industry wants to attract and retain women. Yet, too often women face hostile work environments or harassment and find themselves on worksites without decent or safe sanitary facilities, protective clothing and equipment in the wrong sizes, and sufficient on-the-job training, reducing their ability to perform their work safely, and making it less likely that they will stay and thrive in the industry.


This webinar, co-hosted by the National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC), the National Center for Women’s Equity in Apprenticeship and Employment, and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) to mark 2018 NAWIC Women in Construction Week, will discuss health and safety on work sites from a gender perspective.  It will address issues such as:


  • sanitary facilities
  • personal protective equipment
  • reproductive hazards
  • ergonomics
  • workplace culture and harassment


and will provide examples of policies and practices that will ensure a welcoming, safe, and healthy work environment- for women and men. The webinar will conclude with questions from the audience.