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25 October 2013

Germany: women's higher incidence of work-related disorders

An initial analysis of a survey done in 2012 in Germany has revealed a "gender gap" in health and safety at work. Women more often than men suffer a wide range of work-related complaints. They report a higher incidence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), vision problems, dizziness, headache, fatigue, emotional stress, sleep disorders, physical and psychological exhaustion, as well as coughs, skin and eye irritation and cardiac disorders.

Overall, women rate their health at work worse than men and more consistently seek medical treatment than men when work-related health problems arise.

In all, 20,036 workers aged 15 and over working at least 10 hours a week were surveyed.

The survey was conducted by the Federal Institute for Vocational Training (BIBB) in cooperation with the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA).

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