Improving the Lives of Shift Workers

Shift work can:

  • Impact energy levels through sleep deprivation

  • Cause disorders of the gastrointestinal and cardiovascular systems

  • Make existing disorders worse

Some experts also blame these disruptions for increases in accidents, although
this is not firmly established and is disputed by some studies.

Shift schedules, education and improved facilities can make life easier for
workers. And individuals can focus on sleeping better, eating healthier and
taking steps to reduce stress.

Optimizing shift schedules is the most effective way of reducing health and
safety problems. It is a complicated balancing act to find the best compromise
for personal, psychological, social and medical concerns. Science has yet to
determine the best timing for shift rotations.

A short podcast (5:03 minutes) shares tips on how organizations and individual
workers can take steps to ease the effects of shift work on their health.

Further Information - Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety