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Document ID (ISN)102069
CIS number 03-1456
ISSN - Serial title 0300-8134 - Journal of Human Ergology
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Härmä M., Kandolin I.
Title Shiftwork, age and well-being: Recent developments and future perspectives
Bibliographic information Dec. 2001, Vol.30, No.1-2, p.287-293. Illus. 33 ref.
Abstract The working population is aging fast in most European countries. The health and well-being of elderly shift workers depend on the interaction of several individual, medical, psychosocial and job-related factors. These factors are related to the biological aging process, but also to changes in one's individual life situation and the needs of the aging shift worker. Data on age-specific solutions in working hours are limited, but the few published intervention studies support the use of individual flexibility, rapid forward-rotating shift systems and earlier shift start-end times in three-shift work. In addition to the development of shift schedules, other measures to improve the health and well-being of aging shift workers should be focused on the improvement of occupational health care and the promotion of appropriate sleep and circadian rhythm coping mechanisms.
Descriptors (primary) older workers; hours of work; shift work; work organization
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; Europe; sleep; circadian rhythm; flexible working time; workbreaks; work time schedules
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Hours of work
Older workers