Women's Action on Occupational Health
Organization profile published 1980
Publisher: The Women's Action on Occupatiional Health, Vancouver, Canada
Year Published: 1980
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX2093
Abstract: A group of women who are concerned about developing a feminist perspective on health and safety formed the Women's Action on Occupational Health in December 1979. This group sees all women as workers and concerned members of communities. This means that women who work in the home are subject to the same health and safety concerns as women in construction. Women who do housework, for example, who are for children are subject to back problems and risk exposure to toxic cleaning chemicals.
Making the public aware of such health and safety issues is only the beginning of the work of this group. They describe themselves as a resource group, seeking to share information they gather, information on specific hazards, legal procedures, and organizing ideas. They also do research on pesticides from both the workers' perspective and the community's perspective.
They believe that they must do this kind of work because employers will not take responsibility for the health of their employees. The group plans to produce regular bulletins to inform others and create the kind of information exchange they desire. They are also looking for information from all women on health issues and safety in the work place. Presently, they are working on a public series format which will highlight areas of concern for women workers.
This organization no longer exists.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1980.