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WIS Morning Show: Impact of Mental Load and the Unpaid Shift

By Tamara Parris
Published: December 9, 2020
Key Takeaways

In Episode One we discuss Mental load and unpaid shift and how it hinders women at work. We export the health and safety perspective, that the unpaid shift, can increase the risk of stress and health, for example suffering more chemical exposure.

In Episode One we discuss Mental load and unpaid shift and how it hinders women at work with our guest Sylvia Marusyk Founder of MindBody Works. We export the health and safety perspective, that the unpaid shift, can increase the risk of stress and health, for example suffering more chemical exposure. We look at how more manual handling and in general do more hours adds to the stress load.

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Organisational safety culture is the product of individual and group values, attitudes, perceptions, competencies and behaviours. In the 21st Century world of work, we have more women in the workforce, yet safety data, safety laws and stereotypes are based on the default male, which impacts the emotional safety of women at work.

Overall Theme: The emotional safety of women at work

This series of five podcasts will raise the awareness of diversity at work and how this impacts the safety of women in the workplace by focusing on:

  • Episode One: The total mental load and the unpaid shift, which disproportionately affects women with our Guest Sylvia Marusyk Founder of MindBody Works.
  • Episode Two: Stress experience and coping, which differs for men and women with Guest Louise Hosking Owner of Hosking Associates, IOSH President-Elect for 2021
  • Episode Three: Organisational trust and belonging.
  • Episode Four: The lack of sex differentiated safety data and it’s impact on safety law makers.
  • Episode Five: The role of leadership in change.


Our Host:

Donna Cleaton Group EHS Manager at Arriva Group

Lorenzo Visentin Group Head of Environment, Health, Safety & Security at Arriva Group

Tamara Parris Director of Community at Safeopedia

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Written by Tamara Parris | CD

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Tamara Parris is the Director of Community Development at Safeopedia, and owner of EHS Professionals Group on LinkedIn. Her passion is working with other EHS Professionals to collaborate in thought leadership, networking and connecting our industry peers to resources that will increase profitability and safety practices within their workplaces. Tamara has been in the Health and Safety field for over 20 years, her industry experiences include the Construction sector, CCTV and Security, and Commercial Retail industries.

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