HSE Seminar Series: Managing the Health & Safety Risk of Shift Works
Jakarta | September 10, 2009 | Rp. 800.000,-
Demanding work schedules are a fact of life in modern, 24-hour society. Goods are produced and services are provided at all hours of the day and
night. Because of this, people are required to work at all hours. These kinds of work schedules can be quite a strain and can affect a worker’s safety
or health. Mistakes from a fatigued shiftworker also can affect the public’s safety or health.
The specific objectives ofthis course were to :
- Understand factors that influence the health and safety of shift-work.
- Understand the strategies to cope with shift-work in the workplace.
- Promote education and training for workplace health.
1.Hazards of Shiftwork
Changes in the workplace such as job sharing, part-time work and more flexible work hours are indicators that shiftwork is on the increase. Industries such as airlines, hospitals and railways have long had round-the-clock operations and extended shopping hours are fast becoming common place. Research shows, however, that there are significant health and safety issues associated with shiftwork. Shiftworkers and night workers often are tired and sleepy because of their work schedule. Being overly tired makes it difficult to concentrate, which increases the possibility of errors or accidents. This can be a risk both to the worker and to the public. The stress of shiftwork also can aggravate health conditions, such as heart disease or digestive disorders
2. Health & Safety Effects of Shiftwork
Shiftworkers and former shiftworkers show more signs of ill health than people on fixed day work. Health problems may appear after a short stint of shiftwork, or may be only apparent after some years. shiftwork schedules are demanding and likely to produce stress and fatigue. Here we summarize ways that shiftwork might affect safety, health, or ability to do the job. Some of these things happen very soon after starting shiftwork. We talk about these under Immediate Effects. Health changes take a longer time to appear. We talk about health under Long-Term Health Effects. Common health problems often associated with shiftworkwill be discussed later.
3. Managing Shiftwork
Adapting to shiftwork is easy for some people while others never adjust. Exercise and a well balanced diet will probably help any adjustment. Family understanding and cooperation can also reduce stress that seems to go with a shiftworker’s lifestyle. If you do find it difficult to adjust to shiftwork, you should discuss the problem with your supervisor or manager, occupational health nurse or doctor or counsellor or employee advisory service. They may be able to help you find a solution.
4. Coping Strategies for the Individual
The specific shiftwork schedule design is a significant variable affecting the degree of sleep difficulties experienced by individual shiftworkers. Schedule design considerations is beyond the scope, has recently provided detailed practical recommendations for achieving chronobiologi-cally sound shift schedule systems. Within the constraints of the shift schedule, individual workers can apply chronobiological principles to determine the besttimeforsleeping..
5. Medical Screening and Surveillance
Preplacement assessment recommendations for medical evaluations of workers before they begin night work assignments have been made by occupational medicine practitioners and researchers involved in studying the health effects of shiftwork. On going medical surveillance including periodic medical examinations, and appropriate laboratory testing has been recommended for rotating and permanent night workers. In addition follow-up evaluations of day workers who have left shift work for medical reasons has been advised. The frequency of medical surveillance examinations is somewhat arbitrary
WHO SHOULD ATTEND ??
Courses are aimed at workers, supervisors, managers, health and safety committee members, health and safety representatives, Human Resources (HR) professionals, industrial hygienists, occupational health and safety physician / nurses and others with an interest in studying of shift-work problems in the workplace.
Dr. Abdul Baktiansyah, MKK
He has experienced in Occupational Health& Safety and Industrial Hygiene for almost 30 years. He was graduated from Faculty of Medicine,
Airlangga University in 1979 and Master of Science in Occupational Medicine, University of Indonesia in 2004. He started his career as
Occupational Health practicioner at PT. Ekspan Kalimantan, he later became Chief Medical Officer and then Occupational Health & Industrial
Hygiene Coordinator at PT. Medco Energy. His Expertise and experienced give him a very broad perspectives in handling any issues related to
Occupational Health&Safety and Industrial Hygiene.
Fee per participant: Rp. 800.000,-
Seminar Kit, Certificate, Lunch, Refreshments, and Membership Card