Females working in the construction industry have faced several struggles in their jobs over the years and a big issue concerns the availability of sanitary facilities. Construction sites often lack sanitary facilities in general but for women, the temporary bathrooms are often not maintained properly.

Research indicates that females working in construction tend to hold their urine for a long period of time when facilities aren’t available or lacking in cleanliness. Holding urine inside the bladder for long periods of time can lead to urinary tract infections, bladder infections and kidney infections. Additionally, the unsanitary conditions in the temporary bathrooms can lead to female workers contracting other diseases when dealing with contaminated facilities.

Women are being advised to discuss issues with management. Employers should offer a solution for female construction workers such as female-only bathrooms, more bathrooms, and more sanitation work inside the facilities. Cleaners and sanitizers can help to prevent contaminated facilities. Male workers have also complained about such sanitation issues so it’s not just a ‘female’ thing.

All workers have the right to work in a safe environment and that includes the right to clean bathroom facilities. With the new alliance between OSHA and the National Association of Women in Construction, there should be a bigger focus on protecting the health and safety of women in the construction trade.


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