Gender equality in the work environment

A good work environment is an important factor for more people to have the possibility of working longer and without the risk of ill health. Today, women have higher sickness absence than men, while men are involved in more fatal accidents.
A man and a woman talking in front of a herd of cows

The overarching mission of the Swedish Work Environment Authority is to promote a healthy working life and ensure that people do not become injured or sick from their work. As an authority, we have a mandate to integrate a gender equality perspective in all our work. This means that we should ensure that both men and women have their needs and conditions for a good work environment met. Research shows that increased gender equality contributes to a better work environment for both women and men.

A gender equal workplace increases quality

There are notions about gender that have significance when work is organised and which have consequences for which work environment risks men and women are subjected to. This leads to women, to a higher degree, becoming sick from their work, while men are affected by accidents and death at work. To drive supervision work that reveals women’s and men’s different work environment prerequisites entails not just that we as an authority contribute to the gender equality policy goals. It is also a question of ensuring quality in our organisation.

Gender divided statistics on occupational injuries and work environment

In our statistical reports there are gender divided statistics about women’s and men’s occupational accidents and illnesses.

The number of reports of occupational illnesses increased during 2014 for the fifth year in a row. The increase was larger among women, 8 per cent, than among men, 5 per cent. Reported occupational illnesses are more common among women than among men, while occupational accidents with fatal outcome are more usual among men than women.

For men physical load factors are the most common cause of reported occupational illnesses, while organisational or social factors are the most common cause of women’s reported occupational illnesses.

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Last updated 2017-03-06