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Impact of added rest breaks on the productivity and well being of workers.

Authors
Dababneh-AJ; Swanson-NG; Shell-RL
Source
Ergonomics 2001 Feb; 44(2):164-174
NIOSHTIC No.
20021708
Abstract
The impact of frequent short rest breaks on the productivity and well being of a group of 30 workers in a meat-processing plant was studied. Two rest break schedules were tested, both of which provided 36 min of extra break time over the regular break schedule (30-min lunch and two 15-min breaks). In the first experimental rest break schedule, workers were given 12 3-min breaks evenly distributed over the workday (3-min break for every 27 min of work). In the second schedule, workers were given four 9-min breaks evenly distributed over the workday (9-min break every 51 min of work). Outcome measures included production rate and discomfort and stress ratings. Results showed that neither of the two experimental rest break schedules had a negative effect on production, and the 9-min break schedule improved discomfort ratings for the lower extremities. The workers in the study mostly preferred the 9-min rest break schedule, indicating that workers in general might not as readily accept fragmentation of break time into short, frequent breaks.
Keywords
Rest-periods; Stress; Extremities; Work-environment; Workplace-studies; Workers; Work-intervals; Work-practices; Psychological-effects; Psychological-reactions; Meat-packing-industry; Meat-handlers; Food-processing-workers; Food-handlers
CODEN
ERGOAX
Publication Date
20010201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
awwad@ti.com
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0014-0139
NIOSH Division
DART
Source Name
Ergonomics
State
OH
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