About Women's Workplace Safety

On Oct. 29, 2018, ASSP hosted a summit on the safety of women in the workplace, focused on three key issues:
  1. Closing the gap in availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) designed specifically for women workers, and educate leadership about the need for and availability of such equipment.
  2. Finding solutions to workplace violence, which has a disproportionate impact on women and is the leading cause of death in the workplace for women.
  3. Advancing women in positions of leadership in the occupational safety and health profession.
 
We had many fruitful conversations leading into and during the summit, and we are continuing the dialogue here in the ASSP Community as part of our ongoing efforts to influence change in these areas. Please share your thoughts and insights in any of our discussion threads.
 

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Susan Deason
Hi:

Any suggestions for a man that needs a size 16 AA  safety shoe that meets ASTM for PPE in CA?

Major industrial shoe ...
Susan Deason Jan '20
This is an interesting one!  Let me see if I can find you some answers.

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Susan Deason ‍ Have you looked at going to the manufacturers directly instead of through a supplier? 
Client has custom shoes from mfgr.  Mfgr. would not certify to ASTM or the old ANSI standard.
Mary Czaja
I have been doing some research, and have come up blank so far. Does anyone have a source for very small or kids safety ...
Mary Czaja Aug '19
I've put the word out!  Hopefully some WISE members will respond soon! 
Abby Ferri Abby Ferri Aug '19
this is always a tough one - it seems that solutions people find are from overseas and may not meet ANSI standards for ...
Abby Ferri Mary Czaja ‍ Grainger goes as small as 3 but they will be unisex sizes and not in many styles. Women's only ...
Abby Ferri Abby Ferri Aug '19
Thank you Wyatt! 

Mary, I heard back from Shoes for Crews and they start at size 4 as well. 
The key is "women's sizes".  Some manufacturers offer unisex sizes that say if you wear a women's size 8, order a ...
Mary Czaja Mary Czaja Aug '19

Abby Ferri :
Thank you Wyatt! 

Mary, I heard back from Shoes for Crews and they start at size 4 as well. 

They have two ...
Caryn Hart Caryn Hart Oct '19
This is a Great topic, in all the years I've been in the construction business,  the Most comfortable boot has been ...
Cory Worden
Good day,

If interested, these are my slides on Situational Awareness, including Workplace Violence ...
Cory Worden Aug '19
Thanks for sharing!
Very interesting that you added Col. Boyd's OODA loop in to a presentation on Situational Awareness. I posted a ...
Abby Ferri
ASSP will be informing ANSI of intent to develop a Technical Report related to women and PPE fit. ANSI will then ...
Abby Ferri May '19
What a great opportunity to have the special circumstances of women considered in the development and use of PPE.  ...
Abby Ferri
The Women and Manufacturing podcast recently featured ASSP CEO Jennifer McNelly ‍  and Dr. Cori Wong (frequent ...
Abby Ferri May '19
Thanks for sharing this, Abby Ferri ‍! For those interested in hearing more on this topic from Dr. Cori Wong and ...
Abby Ferri
Jeffrey Dalto ‍ of Convergence Training interviewed me for their podcast, it was a really fun discussion and I ...
Abby Ferri May '19
You and everyone at WISE are doing great work to raise awareness of an important issue (and make important change). ...
What a great spokesperson you are, Abby! An awesome, articulate discussion of a very essential topic! 
Very true, Kathleen Dobson ‍. Abby's doing a great job on an important issue. Stay tuned for a future interview with ...
I'm looking forward to hearing each of the podcasts. These are such important topics, and while I know Kelly is ...
Kathleen Dobson ‍ 
That's a horrible story about Outi HIcks. So sorry to read it.

Are you familiar with the SHEWT ...
I am aware of the study, and have referenced it in a couple of my presentations. I appreciate the link to your ...
Great. I shouldn't be surprised I wasn't introducing you to anything you didn't already know. :) 
Abby Ferri Abby Ferri May '19
Thanks for this conversation! 
Abby Ferri
Cory Worden
Good morning!

Workplace violence is an extremely important topic because it is devastating but also affects all ...
Cory Worden Apr '19
Good morning Corey,
Your application of the OODA loop to WV scenarios is golden! It's a crucial tool for empowering ...
Thank you - Glad it's helpful!
Abby Ferri
From Red Wing Shoes:
 
Safety Footwear: Focus Group Participants Needed - Respond by ...
Abby Ferri Apr '19
Abby Ferri
Huge media coverage for ASSP and WISE this week!

In NASA’s spacesuit saga, women see their own stories
Abby Ferri Mar '19
Considering our journey towards commercial space travel in the future, imagine the implication of ...
Abby Ferri Abby Ferri Apr '19
excellent point! I'll check this out. 
Also, great quote in the article Abbi!  I have a pic of me wearing 2XXL orange overalls while doing an ergo ...
Abby Ferri Abby Ferri Apr '19
oh no!! I can imagine... there's too many times we've all had to "make do"
Please share the picture.  It would be a good add for our Women's Safety Summit PPT.
Karen
I was at a policy get-together last night for the suburb where I live. Somehow the conversation went to female ...
Abby Ferri Abby Ferri Apr '19
Carol Keyes ‍ I was just interviewed for a podcast today and mentioned the women in law enforcement angle. It's a ...

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