Associated British Ports (ABP) has become the first UK port operator to offer its employees a specialised range of women’s personal protective equipment (PPE).
According to a statement from the company, the issue with traditional PPE in maritime is that many products have been designed to fit men – meaning they’re often too large, too heavy, and poor fitting when worn by women. However, the new clothing is lightweight, thereby enhancing on-the-job safety for women working in ports.
The rollout of the female-focused PPE follows an employee consultation process and successful trials by ABP. The launch is also part of ABP’s wider commitment to Maritime UK’s Women in Maritime Charter, an initiative that ABP helped launch in September 2018 to promote the role of women in the maritime sector.
“It has been fantastic to be part of a project that will make a tangible difference to how comfortable and safe women feel at work,” said Benedicta Moxon, ABP compliance business manager. “At ABP we’re committed to creating a workplace that makes everyone feel valued and empowered to thrive. This enhanced range of PPE will achieve these goals while combining great design with maximum functionality.”
The launch took place during the UK’s Maritime Safety Week, which ran from 1 to 5 July.