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By Predahni Naidoo, Brand Manager at Sisi Work Safety
Industry demands for safety footwear and other personal protective equipment (PPE) have always been dominated by men, but this trend is changing rapidly. More and more women are entering the workforce, including in “hard work” fields such as mining, manufacturing and construction. This means that more women need PPE, and that is where the challenge lies. Purchasing managers tend to simply buy smaller sized men’s safety clothing to meet the needs of their female workforce, but a woman’s body is no smaller than a woman’s body. man, he has a totally different anatomy. When it comes to shoes in particular, a poor fit can be detrimental. Purchasing managers should consider purchasing safety equipment and footwear specially designed for women to ensure their dignity, comfort, health and well-being. The cost of purchasing men’s or unisex safety clothing for women can be significantly higher in the long run.
Shoes have an impact on health and safety
Poorly fitting shoes can cause a variety of health problems, including pain and trouble in the foot. According to research, “shoes cannot perform their function if they do not fit the foot properly”.
What often happens is that women’s feet wobble in ill-fitting shoes, which can have long-term health consequences and can cause calf injuries, muscle strain, and back problems. In addition, their feet could slip off the boots, making them vulnerable to accidental injury.
Apart from personal well-being, there are also economic implications of reduced productivity and increased sick leave, medical claims and workers’ compensation benefits; all of this negatively affects the bottom line.
Cosmetic changes are not enough
When it comes to women’s specific safety shoes, simple cosmetic changes aren’t enough. It does not address the underlying issues that cause discomfort and may affect the employee’s well-being; this is of particular concern given that there are options specific to locally produced women.
Besides the safety and economic aspects of ill-fitting safety clothing, the dignity of women is also negatively affected, especially with regard to their daily work clothes. If we want women to feel comfortable and truly integrated into the workforce, purchasing must focus on obtaining safe, effective and specific safety clothing for their female workforce.
Sisi Safety Wear has invested in research to understand the specific safety needs of women in different sectors. We have provided a solution to meet various requirements for safety footwear, workwear or fall arresters. There is a reason why men and women buy gender specific clothing in general; So, with locally produced women-specific safety clothing, are you making the right choices for your female workforce?