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Document ID (ISN)102066
CIS number 03-1448
ISSN - Serial title 0300-8134 - Journal of Human Ergology
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rodrigues V.F., Fischer F.M., Brito M.J.
Title Shift work at a modern offshore drilling rig
Bibliographic information Dec. 2001, Vol.30, No.1-2, p.167-172. 14 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to evaluate how offshore drilling workers perceived shift work and its impact on their living and working conditions. Comprehensive interviews were conducted among 51 shift workers employed in the studied offshore unit. The main features of offshore shift work schedules are long time on board (14 to 28 days), extended shifts (12 hours or more per day), slow rotation (7 to 14 days in the same shift), long sequence of days on the night shift (7 to 14 days in a row) and the extra-long extended journey (18 hours) on shift change and landing days. Interviews revealed a wide range of stressors caused by the offshore shift work, as well as difficulties to conciliate work with family life. The major stressors for the offshore drilling workers were role conflicts and social isolation resulting from changes of the family model, work in hazardous environments, poor sleep when working at night and the imbalance between the expected and actual rewards.
Descriptors (primary) shift work; offshore oil extraction; hours of work
Descriptors (secondary) non-occupational factors; human relations; male workers; Brazil; dangerous work; social aspects; psychology and sociology; conditions of work; questionnaire survey; stress factors; sleep deprivation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceBrazil
Subject(s) Mines and quarries
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Petroleum and natural gas industry
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