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Women in Safety #13 - Do women need PPE designed for them?

By Tamara Parris | Last updated: September 18, 2020
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Is unisex PPE is good enough, or we should be doing better for our workers? In episode thirteen of Women in Safety, we are chatting with Anastasia Kraft CEO of Xena Workwear Inc. and Abby Ferri, Safety Consultant. We talk about the development of women’s PPE specifically focusing in on the industrial and construction industries, how PPE impacts safety and dig into if there really is a need for gender specific PPE. Ana and Abby share their knowledge and experience with us during their discussion.


Is unisex PPE is good enough, or we should be doing better for our workers? In episode thirteen of Women in Safety, sponsored by Safeopedia, we are chatting with Anastasia Kraft CEO of Xena Workwear Inc. and Abby Ferri, Safety Consultant. We talk about the development of women’s PPE specifically focusing in on the industrial and construction industries, how PPE impacts safety and dig into if there really is a need for gender specific PPE. Ana and Abby share their knowledge and experience with us during their discussion.


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About Our Guests:

Anastasia Kraft is the founder and CEO of Xena Workwear Inc. Ana has a bachelor’s degree in International Project Engineering from Reutlingen University in Germany. She speaks four languages and loves working on international projects in a fast-paced environment. As a project management consultant she helped teams succeed in delivering critical multi-million dollar construction and manufacturing projects around the world. While she loved working with in the manufacturing environment, there was one aspect she truly hated: bulky and manly steel toe boots that were uncomfortable and made it impossible to dress professionally. After years of frustration she decided to solve this issue by launching Xena Workwear and designing fashionable steel-toe footwear for women so that they can finally perform their jobs being safe, comfortable and confident!

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anastasia-kraft-b10878aa/

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Website: https://xenaworkwear.com/

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: https://twitter.com/xenaworkwear



Abby Ferri, CSP is a Safety Consultant in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Health and Safety, is an OSHA Outreach Trainer for Construction, and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).

Abby is responsible for risk management, safety policy development, safety and health training, and regulatory compliance for her clients in the construction, manufacturing, energy, beverage, hospitality, and retail industries throughout the United States and Canada. In addition to providing services for clients, Abby is an Adjunct Instructor in the Construction Management Program at Dunwoody College of Technology, President of the Northwest Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), and Administrator of the Women in Safety Excellence common interest group of the ASSP.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/safetyabby/

Website: www.abbyferri.com

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: https://twitter.com/safetyabby

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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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