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Thursday, September 5, 2013


Shift work is a focus of increased concern for workers as reports continue to emerge of increased health risks. Today's post was shared by NIOSH Transportation and comes from

A tired man, a man working in a hospital, and a taxi driver.
A tired man, a man working in a hospital, and a taxi driver.
According to 2004 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost 15 million Americans work full time on evening shift, night shift, rotating shifts, or other employer arranged irregular schedules.

The International Labor Office in 2003 reports that working hours in the United States exceed Japan and most of western Europe. Both shift work and long work hours have been associated with health and safety risks.

This page provides links to NIOSH publications and other resources that address demanding work schedules.


NIOSHTIC-2 is a searchable bibliographic database of occupational safety and health publications, documents, grant reports, and journal articles supported in whole or in part by NIOSH.
NIOSHTIC-2 search results on work schedules

NIOSH Publications and Guidance

NIOSH DEEPWATER HORIZON RESPONSE Key Safety and Health Topics, Fatigue Prevention

NIOSH OSHA Interim Guidance for Protecting Deepwater Horizon Response Workers and Volunteers, Fatigue Prevention
NIOSH Blog: Sleep and Work
NIOSH Blog: NIOSH Research on Work Schedules and Work-related Sleep Loss
Overtime and Extended Work Shifts: Recent Findings on Illnesses, Injuries and Health Behaviors
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2004-143
Presents a review of the methods...
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