In Europe, despite equal treatment laws that mainly concern wages and non-discrimination between individuals, the gendered division of labour is still present: men and women do not work in the same professions and, when they work in similar occupations, their work activity, work experience, opportunities for professional promotion and remuneration are not the same. One of the justifications given for the collective inequalities observed between men and women in the workplace is the stereotype that women are generally assigned to less dangerous and less strenuous tasks. Occupational health policies and prevention practices also continue to be built on a model of gender neutrality of “workers”Read More

Farming involves a lot of repetitive work. Manual handling and lifting in particular can cause strain and awkward positions. Outdoor work and specificities of terrain make the design of agricultural machinery challenging. This discussion paper looks at the use of mechanisation to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders, especially upper limb disorders, in the agricultural sector. It also covers standards for risk assessment. The paper includes a case study on agriculture in the Marche region of Italy and describes the support available from INAIL, the Italian National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work, to help micro and small agricultural enterprises to prevent MSDs. MSDsRead More

Pubblicata in G.U. la L. 13 ottobre 2020, n. 126 di conversione del D.L. 14 agosto 2020, n. 104, con misure urgenti per il sostegno e il rilancio dell’economia, il c.d. Decreto agosto. Legge 13 ottobre 2020, n. 126, Misure urgenti per il sostegno e il rilancio dell’economiaRead More