Women’s dusty experience
Research in Norway has shown the difficulty of finding dust masks for women. Put simply, dust masks come in one size and women, on average, have smaller faces, so there are gaps.
This research deals specifically with the smelting industry, but workers in construction also need masks sometimes. The research finds that an ill-fitting mask is better than having none at all, but this still means that the, still limited, numbers of women in construction are, on average, exposed to greater risks. Yet another example, albeit unheeding, of the raw deal that construction gives the female half of the population.