17 Apr '11, 12pm

Men and Women are Different, Even If Doing the Same Job

Men and Women are Different, Even If Doing the Same Job

Remember, the latter findings are for men and women in the "same occupation". You might intuitively suspect that a woman truly exposed to fumes, herbicides, wood dust, or solvents would be more likely to report that exposure than a man, which suggests that women are somehow protecting themselves better from dangerous chemical exposures. This could be relevant for studies that look for "clusters" of illnesses in workers exposed to certain chemicals. It may not suffice to compare overall illness rates with the rate of illness in the general population; controls for the gender could improve targeting of potential health threats. This affects everyone, not just industrial workers: "proof" of the hazards of a chemical based on health effects in workers is often required before use of a chemical can successfully be restricted in consumer applications.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/men-women-differe...

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