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Working Mothers’ Health 👩

 

“I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible – oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible” – Tina Fey

Of the many women currently working, 75% are of child bearing age. Child bearing age usually ranges from around 20-35 years old. Therefore many children are born to working mama’s. We become concerned about a women’s health at this age and especially what she is exposed to in her working environment. We are already aware that consuming alcohol, smoking and bad eating habits can affect pregnancy but what about exposures in the workforce. The smallest trace of chemical you come across may not be harmful to you, but it may be harmful to your developing baby. It can lead to miscarriage, birth defects and infertility if not taken seriously. We’re going to leave this informative table here for you to view and evaluate your workplace to see if you may need checked or screened. This is NOT an exhaustive list…it is just a few examples. If you feel that you may be exposed to something unsafe for you make sure you communicate with your workplace or do some research on your own.

Table 1: Chemical & Physical Agents that are Reproductive Hazards for Women

AGENT OBSERVED EFFECTS POTENTIALLY EXPOSED WORKERS
Cancer Treatment Drugs (ex. Methotrexate) Infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, low birth weight Health Care Workers, Pharmacists
Certain Ethylene Glycol Ethers such as 2-ethoxyethanol and 2-methoxyethanol Miscarriages Electronic and Semi-Conductor Workers
Carbon Disulfide Menstrual Cycle Changes Vicose Rayon Workers
Lead Infertility, Miscarriage, Low Birth Weight, Developmental Disorders Battery Makers, Solderers, Welders, Radiator Repairers, Bridge Painters, Firing Range Workers, Home Remodelers
Ionizing Radiation Infertility, Miscarriage, Birth Defects, Low Birth Weight, Developmental Disorders, Childhood Cancers Health Care Workers, Dental, Atomic Workers
Strenuous Physical Labor Miscarriage, Premature Delivery Many Types of Workers

 

 

We feel that this subject can sometimes get overlooked but it is extremely important, especially since most of the workforce is 20-30 year old millennial. Let’s keep our working mothers safe!

Women & Education 🎓

 

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Let’s all take a moment to appreciate that right now we have more women than men enrolling in college. In fact, as of 2012, women enrolling in college is 10% more than men! LETS GO GIRLS, we may truly run the world as Beyonce once said. As most of you know, Hillary Clinton became the first woman to run to be president of the United States. Whether or not you supported her, you can still appreciate that she was strong and willing to take on that role. Speaking of Hillary,

**The U.S. Ranks 97th  of 187 Countries on Women’s Legislative Representation**

Women are more than half of the US’ population but only 19% of House Reps are women. That doesn’t seem like a lot but we are growing.

But let’s get back to education. With more women enrolling in college, they are also seeking more careers that men dominated.

**Lawyers: 12.4% were Women in 1980, 36% are women today.**

How cool is that? When you watch lawyer or criminal justice shows…most have a sassy female lead. Its great and entertaining. But its also happening in real life! We still have some way to go though…36/64 is not 50/50. We’re working on it though!

**Women now earning degrees in bioscience about EQUAL men**

YES! Our attention to detail and the finite things in education is needed in this field!

But here is a bummer…

**In 2016, women earned 81.8% of what men earned on a weekly basis**

It’s better than it used to be but this is just simply not OK. We have the SAME education and dedication. On the positive side, a lot of people are fighting for equality in pay and we haven’t given up quite yet. Let’s not be too negative.

We just have to keep educating and reminding one another of the amazing people we are. SafetyGirl is proud of you and the work you do everyday.

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Thanks to International Organization of Parliaments, Pew Research Center, American Bar Association, and Bureau of Labor Statistics for this data.

NAWIC: National Assoc. of Women in Construction

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Talk about girl power…this organization needs some recognition! The NAWIC was founded in 1953 by sixteen construction workers who just happened to be women. They understood that the amount of women in the construction business was declining, so why not make it special club and recognize more strong women. Their core purpose is to “enhance the success of women in the construction industry.” It is basically a support network. They give their participants really cool opportunities such as professional development, education, networking, leadership training, and public service.

If you become a member, you can be nominated for special rewards such as a lifetime achievement award for being active in this special group, member of the year award and future leader of the year. They then have an annual meeting every year to announce the winners.

There is a code of professionalism you must follow such as believing in their core values: belief in yourself as a woman, perseverance and daring to move into new horizons. That doesn’t seem so bad. It actually seems refreshing to be appreciated so much by such a great organization.

There are international affiliates, also. the NAWIC has connections with Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK. All of these countries and places around the world also have their own NAWIC program.

You can find a chapter near you by simply searching your zip code on the site. For example we searched chapters near us in New Stanton, PA and there is one in Pittsburgh, PA!

Construction workers work hard, long days and the only people that can understand are other construction workers. So go ahead…vent, you can sign up right on their page!

Our 5 Star Work Boots ⭐

Ladies, let’s talk work boots. We’ve looked thoroughly into reviews placed on our website to see which boots YOU liked most. This is not an exhaustive list but we’re going to list a few to help those of you looking for a great pair. The following boots have received more than one five star review. We want comfort, durability and some style does not hurt!

Carolina Women's Waterproof Logger Boots - CA420 & CA1420

Carolina Waterproof Logger Boots are a super hot top seller on our site. They are a great durable shoe that is meant to last in the muck and slush. Your feet will stay dry due to the waterproof Scubaliner that also provides a comfortable cushion. There is support from the steel shank and the tall upper provides much lower calf support. They are electrical hazard compliant and you can choose from a soft or steel toe option.

 

 

Carolina Women's Ankle Strap Side Zipper Logger - CA436

 

If you’re looking for a pair of boots to wear all day in comfort but are still work appropriate, the Carolina Ankle Strap Side Zipper Logger’s may be for you. The heavyweight zipper will not fail you and the soft toe is extremely comfortable and eh rated. The outsole is oil resistant and all one piece.

 

 

 

Safety Girl II Sheepskin Lined Work Boots - Tan

 

We’re proud of these boots…the Safety Girl II Sheepskin Lined Work Boots, because they’re our own! If you want a boot to keep your feet warm, these are it. They have a sheepskin lining that also provides comfort. They are water resistant and are available in steel or soft toe.

 

 

 

If you need any assistance in finding a pair for you, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly customer service by chatting on the site with us or by calling 1-877-734-2458. We are here to help! Our work boots are a hot item right now, don’t miss out!

 

-AN, SafetyGirl

Safety Is Our Game

Here at Safety Girl, we focus on bringing the freshest, most recent products from top brands such as Carhartt and Dickies to you from a click of a button. But we also pride ourselves in our own brand. Safety Girl has boots, clothing and accessories and we want to familiarize you with some of the hottest items. We craft these items with YOU in mind. We look at what you buy, what you prefer and what you need in the work place. You can also see what reviewers on our website have to say, we have customers from all lines of work! So lets see what SafetyGirl has to offer:

One of our most purchased and highest rated products are the Safety Girl Steel Toe Work Boots. They are extremely durable and have a water resistant nubuck upper. Nubuck is a cowhide leather that has been rubbed to give a suede look. The steel toe on these boots are ASTM rated to keep your feet safe from falling objects and heavy equipment. The outsole is oil resistant, too so go ahead and get dirty! They are available in black, pink, and tan.

“In combination with some decent work socks, these boots work wonders. I work as a Kennel Tech (with dogs) and I never slip or slide while walking dogs and doing tasks about the facility. These boots stay dry when wet on the outside. highly recommend” says Len, a Safety Girl reviewer.

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Next, are the Safety Girl Navigator Safety Glasses. They have a polycarbonate lens and frame for durability. They are UV safe and scratch resistant. They also meet ANSI and CE ratings! There are so many options for lens color (amber, blue mirror, clear, gray) and frame color (pink or red). That gives you eight mix and match choices. Most importantly, they are less than $2 per pair! Super stylish and affordable.

“They’re so comfortable and lightweight that I forget I’m wearing them. Will definitely buy again, as I’d like to have a couple extra pair in case my current ones get lost or to just carry an extra pair in my gun case. Thanks for such a cool product at such a reasonable price!” says Linda, a Safety Girl customer.

 

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The last item we want to tell you about is the Safety Girl High-Vis Pink Safety Vest. This non-ANSI vest is made of 100% polyester mesh for comfort and coolness. Not too often can you find a stylish, high-visibility vest for such as low price!

“I am super impressed with this product – especially the quality and price. You just can’t beat it!” says Sonya, a Safety Girl customer.

Safety Girl Non-ANSI Women's Mesh High-Vis Pink Safety Vest

 

Hopefully, you found interest in a product found on this page! We’re always adding new items so be sure to keep checking the blog, our facebook and sign up for the newsletter via email on our site!

Pink: The Color of Strength

Pink is sometimes associated with the words cute, nice, romantic, and tender but here at Safety Girl, we give it a much stronger meaning…Strength. Since we pride ourselves for selling much safety gear in the color pink, we figured it might be a good idea to give you some interesting information about the color and what is has developed into.

Bright pink is thought to increase blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat and pulse. This color also stimulates energy. Wearing pink can also encourage the idea of higher confidence and reduce erratic behavior.

The famous pink ribbon, first seen in the Susan G. Komen Foundation, was given to breast cancer survivors and those who participated in Race for the Cure in 1990. Later, the senior vice president of the famous cosmetic company, Estee Lauder, introduced the pink ribbon to her product line. Margaret Welch, director of Color Association of the U.S., says “The profile on pink is playful, life-affirming. We have studies as to its calming effect, its quieting effect, its lessening of stress.” Therefore, pink is the opposite of cancer so we want to fight back with this color. Estee Lauder continued their fight for this pink ribbon by also handing out breast exam pamphlets to their customers to increase awareness. Since then, many other companies have jumped on the bandwagon by either donating to or advertising breast cancer awareness such as New Balance and Avon.

We can still think of the color pink as feminine but it is a sign of strength, also. At Safety Girl, we are strong in different ways. The women that shop with us are in all lines of work and work HARD. We want to give them products to depend on while still being feminine and stylish.

We sell pink apparel, accessories, boots, shoes and safety equipment!

**Simply click the picture to view product on our site!

 

 

 

Sensational Color

Think Before You Pink

 

Puma Safety Athletic-Inspired Safety Shoes 👟🔥

Looking for a shoe that has athletic flair, style, and protection? We’re not kidding when we say our Puma Safety footwear is on FIRE right now. Okay…well not literally on fire, that’s more of an expression. Just know that athletic safety shoes are selling like crazy!

As a hard working woman you deserve the same quality, durability, and safety that men’s safety shoes provide. We know exactly what our customers are looking for and we’re not going to stop until we provide our girls with the best quality safety footwear available on the market.

Let’s take a look at Puma Safety. Puma is known worldwide, but what you might not know is that they manufacture athletic performance safety shoes. Puma Safety shoes are lightweight and offer important safety features like static dissipation, ASTM rated toes, heat and slip resistant outsoles, and more. These shoes can transition effortlessly between work, home, errands, and outdoor hobbies that require a little extra protection. At Safety Girl, we carry two different lines from Puma Safety: Miss Safety Technics and Miss Safety Motion. So…you’re probably asking what are the key attributes for Puma Safety shoes? Let’s discuss!

The Miss Safety Technics line is characterized by high flexibility + lightweight construction. The basis of this new ladies premium safety shoe line is the naturalFLEXMOTION sole architecture. It introduces the natural running concept into performance safety footwear. The newly developed wafer-profile of the sole offers the best possible grip especially on industrial flooring. The uppers of the shoes are made of robust microfibers or leathers that are resistant to abrasion. The smooth and soft materials offer more protection from penetrating moisture and are super easy to clean! The micro-channel system of this multi-layered lining provides you with a better breathability and moisture management. The Miss Safety Technics shoes features a protective steel toe cap I/C 75F.

The Miss Safety Motion line is exactly what working women want. The rubber outsole is 572-degrees F heat, oil, and slip resistant inspired by the latest running technology. The sole profile ensures a flexible and secure contact with the ground (ASTM F 1677 Mark II). The Torsion Control System at the waist of the sole provides better support and stability. The EVA Midsole is injected with thousands of tiny bubbles in this ultra lightweight midsole for an optimal cushioning and improved flexing action of the foot. The gel IQ.Cell pad is directly embedded into the heel area and works just like a trampoline by absorbing shock energy and returning it as bounce. The Miss Safety Motion shoes features a protective steel toe cap I/C 75F.

Ladies…it’s time to stop the agonizing hunt for cute, comfortable safety footwear. With Puma Safety you know you’re getting top quality and style. Try a pair of the newest models Puma Safety Celerity Steel Toe Safety Knit Shoes available in Pink or Blue for $95.00. The ultraflexible textile fabric perfectly adapts to the foot and fits like a sock for unsurpassed comfort! All Puma Safety shoes meets or exceed the highest ASTM standards for toe impact I/75 and compression C/75.

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Women in Construction Present an Opportunity to Solve the Labor Shortage

As the construction iSafety Girlndustry continues to grow, there is a shortage of skilled workers and construction management professionals. The industry is missing the women’s demographic in the search to fill these gaps. Women construction professionals often enter the industry with a keen sense of self-actualization, which fuels elevated performance.

Women’s perseverance to succeed in an industry they once were told they could not gives women constructors a sense of pride and legacy. Their presence in the industry is not only about their success, but also the success of other potential women employees within the industry.

As we all settle down from the highs of the Women’s March around the world, we need to charge our companies to create an inclusive culture. Companies should strive to create an environment in which differences can be used to strengthen employee engagement, in turn increasing client satisfaction and the company’s bottom line.

Society has become intolerant of gender divides. There is a push in OSHA to set legislation in place to encourage the awareness of gender differences and understand the accommodations that need to be made to create an inclusive environment in the construction industry. There is no doubt that businesses that choose not to embrace diversity will inevitably be left behind.

Jobsite Safety for Women

Approximately 872,000 women currently work in the construction industry, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Labor. Seventy-five percent of those women are in administrative, sales or management positions. This leaves 25 percent of women in the construction workforce exposed to the same daily safety and health risks as their male counterparts; yet, their specific protection from these hazards has not been fully addressed.

Too frequently, women are forced to use personal protective equipment (PPE) and clothing that is not the correct size or fit. For fear of being ostracized on the jobsite, women are intimidated to make requests for proper gear that will set them apart from their coworkers.

These safety hazards create gender barriers and can deter women from seeking employment in the construction industry. It is important to acknowledge this stigma and educate employers on the detrimental repercussions of ignoring any safety standards. As construction companies push to fill the labor gap, it is imperative for companies to become progressive in their marketing approach and create a culture that will address the specific safety needs of women workers.

OSHA requires employers to provide all employees with a safe workplace, but every 18 seconds a worker is injured on the jobsite. Once a jobsite safety hazard assessment has been completed, a list of PPE should be disseminated to all employees. This list should also notify employees of the potential hazards, provide training on how to avoid injury and educate them on required PPE. It is the employer’s responsibility to supply the required equipment to each employee at no charge. However, the construction industry lacks the provisions, research and development necessary to provide personal protective equipment suitable for women.

ANTHROPOMETRIC EQUIPMENT

Ill-fitting PPE and clothing compromise workers’ safety on the jobsite. Women have a right to test all equipment that is provided to them to ensure a proper fit. OSHA mandates PPE be designed anthropometrically, which is the science of defining human body dimensions and physical characteristics. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducts anthropometric research to prevent work-related injuries and deaths by studying how work spaces, equipment and clothing fit a diverse worker population.

Most anthropometric data available to date is from the 1970s. This research was based on the body sizes and shapes of modern military personnel and the general working population from that era. This decades-old data does not represent the sizes and body types of today’s female workers.

RAISING AWARENESS

A recent NIOSH study of 26 women construction workers evaluated the efficacy of a fall protection harness system. Their body size and shape information was measured while they were suspended in a standard size harness and standing with a harness. It was discovered that an integrated redesign of harness components is needed because 40 percent of the women did not pass fit-performance criteria in either the standing or suspended condition.

BE PREPARED

All project managers, superintendents and foremen should understand how to identify job safety hazards specific to demographics of their workers and their jobsites. Jobsite hazard communication plans and emergency preparedness plans should be in place and disseminated to all workers.

It is beneficial to hire a safety consultant that is familiar with the science of teaching and incorporating a corporate safety culture. The construction industry is evolving and companies are charged with staying ahead of these changes to attract and retain the skilled labor needed to complete their jobs. As the industry shifts and more women are encouraged to enter the trades, companies will no longer be able to ignore these gender disparities.

Advice for Military Widows

Tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery, July 2006Memorial Day weekend has become a time for the first barbeques, outdoor pool celebrations, and huge sales at nearly every department store. For those who have lost a loved one in the armed forces, however, Memorial Day can be a difficult time.  And with thousands of young men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, there are, in turn, thousands of young widows and widowers looking for support and resources.

Losing a loved one in combat is probably the most difficult and painful time in your life. When facing this crisis, it’s important to remember to give yourself time to grieve your loss and accept any feelings that may arise, including sadness, guilt, anger, isolation, loneliness, or depression.  All these feelings, and any others, are OK: you’ll have good days and bad days, days when your grief is more triggered than others, days when you laugh, and days when you cry.  But if you give yourself time to grieve, life will eventually stabilize.

If you have children, it’s important to be honest with them about your spouse’s death.  Children know when adults are skewing the truth, so explain to them what it means for someone to be physically dead; don’t use euphemisms such as “lost,” “gone away,” or “sleeping.”  Give your children permission—just like you gave yourself—to feel grief or any other feelings, and don’t hide your own feelings from them.  Explain your family’s and the army’s death rituals to your children, and prepare them for all activities including the funeral itself, any viewings, the burial, and any post-funeral gatherings.  If the children are willing, let them be active participants in the funeral and surrounding activities, such as picking out the casket, writing a note to your spouse, selecting what clothes they will wear.

When you are ready, it’s extremely important to evaluate your finances after the death of a spouse.  As a military widow, you will receive a $100,000 death benefit from the government and professional financial advice to help you manage this money and your other funds.  You’ll need to use your death benefit and your other money wisely, to be sure you can pay your mortgage or rent, have health and life insurance as well as any other insurance, and provide for your children.  Be organized about your finances, know where everything is, and have a plan for surviving the worst possible financial situations.

Finally, many of your family and friends may encourage you to start dating.  Don’t let anyone push you into a relationship or dating; only do so when you are ready and feel confident about yourself.  If you feel ready to date, many military widows have a hard time dating because they feel that men are trying to take advantage of them or compare themselves to your late husband.  So when you’re ready to get back into the dating scene, don’t go searching immediately for your life partner (after all, were you searching for your husband before you were married?), have fun, and be confident about your self worth.

There is a great resource for military widows, The American Widow Project, with links to blogs, books, and podcasts.  Be sure to take a look at this website for fantastic online support!