Challenges Women in Health and Safety face

Challenges Women in Health and Safety face
Posted 08th March 2019

It’s International Women’s Day today – a chance to celebrate the achievements of women and take action for equality. Here at Libben, we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate women who work in health and safety.

One of our trainers, Dawn Francis Jones, who is the Assistant health and safety director at South and City College Birmingham and a RoSpa award winner, spoke to the Health and Safety charity about her experience as a woman working in health and safety.

She said:Health and safety was not my chosen career, but I found my passion for creating safer environments was supported by the strategic mission of my employer, South and City College Birmingham. It wasn’t easy, but what role ever is? In one training session I was greeted with: “But, you’re a woman and blonde”. This was someone expressing surprise at the knowledge I had, so I did not take offence and took it as a positive.

Another occasion I was told: “Leave this to the guys, you won’t understand the technology”, to which those guys replied on my behalf that I was the one leading the training. I have many stories like this and still face challenges, but support from my team and managers has been crucial. I can recommend committing to health and safety. We can all do what we set out to achieve. Above all, believe in yourself. There are many challenges being a woman in the sector, but it shows determination if you gain the knowledge and experience to progress.”

Interested in pursuing a career in health and safety? Or do you already work as a health and safety professional? If so, training is an absolute must to enter and progress within your career. At Libben, we offer a number of health and safety courses, including NEBOSH, IOSH, Health and Safety Awareness, CITB, the Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) and the Site Management Safety Training (SMSTS).

We offer training in venues in Walsall, Warrington, Bristol, Nottingham and London. Contact us for more information.

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