Recognising initiatives promoting safety for women in the workplace

The safety of women at work is not commonly discussed in the construction industry, probably because it hasn’t been traditionally common for women to enter this male dominated industry, so their specific safety requirements weren’t something considered by site controllers and health and safety representatives.

However more and more women are entering this high risk, challenging sector, as well as other high risk, previously “male” sectors. That is why there are more initiatives which are focusing on the safety of women in the workplace.

SafeWork SA recently awarded 2 scholarships to the successful applicants of the 2014 Augusta Zadow Scholarships during an awards ceremony held at Government House.

The event is held each year with SafeWork SA offering the scholarships, each worth up to $10,000 to further the safety of women at work. The scholarship is offered to people who work on initiatives and practical solutions or research focusing on the improvement of the workplace health and safety of women.

SafeWork SA recently awarded 2 scholarships to the successful applicants of the 2014 Augusta Zadow Scholarships at the reception held at Government House.

Every year SafeWork SA offers the scholarships to people whose efforts are aimed at improving the health and safety of females in the workplace.

On their website SafeWork SA said a record number of applications came in this year and covered a wide range of issues that affect women at work. The post went on to announce the winning entrants:

  • Gemma Beale – The safety of female casual and seasonal workers during South

Australia’s ‘Mad March’

A research project to be undertaken in collaboration with the YWCA.

  • Renae Fernandez – Identifying occupations performed by women that contribute to

an increased risk of impaired fertility.

A research project undertaken at the University of Adelaide

Source: http://www.safework.sa.gov.au/uploaded_files/20140813AugustaZadowScholarshipsAwarded.pdf

Origin of the Scholarship

The Augusta Zadow scholarship was created to remember the work of Augusta Zadow who was a prominent advocate for women’s rights in the workplace and improved conditions for the women and children working in South Australia’s factories.

Zadow was the founding member of the Working Women’s Trade Union. She was also the state’s first lady Inspector of Factories in 1895. During her time as the first lady inspector she established core safe work requirements particularly relating to the safety of women in the workplace.

On the SafeWork SA website, Executive Director of SafeWork SA Bryan Russell was quoted as saying:

“The scholarships build on Augusta’s achievements by funding the ongoing

improvement of the health and safety of women at work through further education,

research or solutions to a work health and safety issue faced by working women,”

Bryan Russell, Executive Director of SafeWork SA said.

Read more: http://www.safework.sa.gov.au/uploaded_files/20140813AugustaZadowScholarshipsAwarded.pdf