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Occupational safety: the role of workplace sleepiness.
Accid Anal Prev 2009 Sep; 41(5):976-984
Workplace sleepiness refers to how sleepy a person feels at work, and it is thought to be associated with negative occupational safety outcomes such as injuries because sleepiness can lead to behavioral decrements at work. This study explored safety behavior as a mediator of the relationship between workplace sleepiness and occupational safety outcomes (e.g., occupational injuries). A survey was conducted on certified nursing assistants working in long term care facilities. The Stanford Sleepiness Scale was used to measure workplace sleepiness. Occupational injuries were assessed in multiple ways: injury frequency, injury severity, pain frequency, pain severity-duration, and pain severity-intensity. This study provided support for a negative relationship between workplace sleepiness and safety behavior and limited support for a positive relationship between workplace sleepiness and occupational injuries. Workplace sleepiness was significantly related to pain frequency and pain severity (as indexed by both duration and intensity); however, it was not significantly related to injury frequency or severity. The results of the study also suggest very limited support for safety behavior as a mediator of this relationship. The findings suggest that the relationship between workplace sleepiness and occupational injuries might be more complex than originally assumed.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accident-statistics; Behavior-patterns; Education; Health-care-personnel; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Nursing; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Occupational-health-nursing; Occupational-psychology; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-research; Sleep-deprivation; Sleep-disorders; Statistical-analysis; Work-analysis Work-environment; Work-operations; Workplace-studies; Work-practices; Author Keywords: Workplace sleepiness; Safety behavior; Occupational injuries; Pain
Sarah DeArmond, College of Business, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI 54901
Cooperative Agreement; Grant; Construction
Issue of Publication
Accident Analysis and Prevention
WI; CO; MD
University of Colorado, Denver
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division