1169 The ageing workforce, women and the implications for occupational safety and health

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The workforce in the EU is ageing; therefore, age-related occupational safety and health (OSH) strategies are crucial. However, men and women face different age-related challenges and are differently affected by issues in the workplace throughout working life. In order to inform policy, debate and future research on sustainable work, it is important to identify and understand these differences.


Published and ‘grey’ literature were reviewed. Case studies on retaining older workers featuring female-dominated work were described and analysed. Input was received from discussion at two European seminars. Issues explored included caring for relatives, the menopause, MSDs and incorporating a gender-sensitive approach into OSH and ageing workforce actions.


The key findings were:


It is important to create sustainable working patterns for older workers, with a specific focus on older female workers, through measures that address workloads, work tasks, flexible working hours, the work–life balance, support in the workplace for specific gender-related health issues and workforce development.

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