Managing Shift Work
Sheila Pantry OBE
In this 24/7 society we need to remember those who work different work patterns. The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has produced a new book that aims to improve the understanding of shift work and its impact on health and safety. More than 3.5 million people are employed as shift workers in the UK. Imagine the numbers affected worldwide. They work in a wide variety of industries including the emergency services, healthcare, the utilities, transport, manufacturing, entertainment and retail. Poorly designed shift-working arrangements and/or long working hours may put them at risk of fatigue, accidents, injuries and ill health.
Managing Shift Work: Health and Safety Guidance (HSG 256)
ISBN 0 7176 6197 0, priced £9.95 are available from HSE books: www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books
Readers may also find it useful to use assessment tools such as HSE's Fatigue and Risk Index Tool (www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrhtm/rr446.htm), to compare alternative patterns and help identify whether any particular aspect of an existing or proposed working time pattern is likely to increase the risk of fatigue.
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