WORK SCHEDULES: SHIFT WORK AND LONG HOURS

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NIOSH Director’s Seminar Series on Work and Fatigue:
Fatigue mitigation in EMS- Let’s talk about evidence, tailored recommendations, and a focus on worker health

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
2:00pm-3:30pm (Eastern Standard Time)

P. Daniel Patterson, PhD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
James O. Page Professor of Emergency Healthcare Worker Safety
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

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Overview

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. According to U.S. National Health Interview data from 2010, almost 19% of working adults work 48 hour or more per week and over 7% worked 60 hours or more. 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.

 

Sleep Deprivation – Shift Work & Long Work Hours Put Nurses at Risk
A NIOSH 7.5 minute video gives testimonials from real nurses who were willing to share their experiences with shift work and long hours.

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Page last reviewed: August 29, 2018