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PODCAST: Women still face obstacles in OH&S profession

WOHSS leaders shine spotlight on lingering issues


Women continue to face obstacles within the occupational health and safety profession, according to the leaders of the Women in Occupational Health and Safety Society (WOHSS).

Stephanie Benay, left, and Shannon Bolger are the leaders of WOHSS. (Submitted)

Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, WOHSS chair Stephanie Benay and vice-chair Shannon Bolger joined the Safe Zone podcast to shine a spotlight on the world of workplace health and safety in Canada, discussing women’s achievements and the movement towards equality.

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is “Choose to Challenge.”

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In this episode, Benay and Bolger respond to the following questions:

  • Can you outline the issues that women face in the occupational health and safety profession?
  • Are you seeing improvement in the areas identified? Why or why not?
  • What tips would you give OH&S professionals or workplace leaders in overcoming some of these areas of concern?
  • Can you describe about some of the current priorities and successes of WOHSS over the last five years?


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2 Comments » for PODCAST: Women still face obstacles in OH&S profession
  1. Marci Reimer says:

    It will stay with me forever working in the field office and having the district manager continuously send group emails addressed as “Gentleman,” and the Chief Engineer walking into a meeting room saying “What’s up Boys”. It felt as if I didn’t exist because I was a woman. And Yes this was in the year 2020.

  2. Jill Rivington says:

    You know, my boobs were spoken to for a long time by one, Doug. I remained seated at my desk one day while he came to speak with me. I stared straight at his crotch. He stopped speaking. I said, ‘pretty disconcerting eh?’. He agreed and I asked him to speak to my face in future. There is more than one way to skin a cat. Do it with humour and don’t be shy, address your e-mails to Ladies.

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