An Australian first line of workwear developed specifically for pregnant women in mining is already being taken up on site.
The line, called Kym by She's Empowered, provides hi-vis everyday safety workwear and maternity uniforms for the growing number of women in the mining and resources industry.
In 2011, women represented nearly one in five of all workers in the resources industry, a jump from 15% in 2006.
It was created by Kym Clark, a 27 year old who works as an accountant at Anglo American's Middlemount coal mine, after she saw her pregnant manager had to wear a hi-vis shirt in a corporate meeting, which was worn unbuttoned over a singlet to fit.
“I could not believe the lack of workwear options for women in mining,” Clark said.
“Until my business was developed, there were no maternity workwear options for industrial workers. I knew I had the ability and drive to change that.
“Women work in all areas of the industry from administration to underground and open cut roles, and often work upwards of 50 hours a week. Women deserve to wear a well-fitted uniform just like those in any other industry,” she said.
Clark's employer, Anglo American, is already providing workers with the clothing option.
Anglo's metallurgical coal diversity and inclusion specialist, Rebecca Capper, said the miner is embracing the line's approach to women's personal protective apparel.
“As a company that values diversity and inclusion in our workforce, we are delighted to offer women a choice in workwear that aligns with our safety requirements while keeping them comfortable during their pregnancy,” Capper said.