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Women in industry - the difference.
Transactions of the 33rd Annual Meeting of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, May 24-28, 1971, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Cincinnati, OH: American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, 1971 May; :73-76
A discussion is presented on the differences in maximum work capacity and physiological response to stress between men and women, and the importance of those differences in evaluating industrial health hazards. It is suggested that men have a higher maximum work capacity than women, based on the differences in average muscle mass. In addition, studies have shown that women show more profound cardiovascular responses to physical labor than men, and are more sensitive, and less tolerant to heat stress (because of reaching the critical body temperature sooner). Many of these differences are accentuated during pregnancy. The average physical demands of a job over an 8 hour work day should not exceed about 40 percent of the maximum capacity of the individual.
Physiology; Ergonomics; Gender
Transactions of the 33rd Annual Meeting of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, May 24-28, 1971, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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