AN EVALUATION OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CONDITIONS OF FEMALE WORKERS IN TURKEY

Abstract

Author(s): Fatih YILMAZ

In recent years, female workers are taken place much more in labour market in Turkey. Nevertheless, health and safety matters are becoming more important for female workers. Female workers are usually employed in informal sectors, part-time jobs, lower wage levels and without job security. In addition to duties concerning the family and child care, most of them have to tackle with difficulties of working life. Hence, their average working time can be more than 14 hours in a day. Furthermore, female workers is faced with working environment risks like non-ergonomic working conditions, gynecological problems, sexual harassment, mobbing, stress and sex-based discrimination. It is not impossible to tell that female workers are in healthy working conditions in Turkey. To protect female workers against health and safety risks; legal arrangements should be harmonized to European Union standarts, and training, awareness-raising campaigns and social responsibility projects should be built up. And also, the best practices of women’s health and safety should be rewarded and financial subvensions should be applied like social insurance contribution discount.

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