ILO Home
Go to the home page
Site map | Contact us Français | Español

CISDOC database

Document ID (ISN)110870
CIS number 10-0439
ISBN(s) 978-2-89631-484-3
Year 2010
Convention or series no. Rapport R-659
Author(s) Boivin D.B., Tremblay G.M., Boudreau P.
Title Rotating shifts for police officers: Study on complementary preventive approaches for fatigue reduction
Original title Les horaires rotatifs chez les policiers - Etude des approches préventives complémentaires de réduction de la fatigue [in French]
Bibliographic information Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail du Québec (IRSST), 505 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H3A 3C2, Canada, 2010. xi, 102p. Illus. 180 ref. Price: CAD 12.60. Downloadable version (PDF format) free of charge.
Internet access Rapport_R-659.pdf [in French]
Abstract Rotating schedules put greater stress on the body than night work because they force the biological clock to constantly readapt to a new activity and sleep schedule. An earlier study showed that an intervention combining intermittent exposure to light therapy lamps during the night, wearing of dark spectacles in the morning and maintaining regular sleep hours during the day can significantly improve the adaptation of the biological rhythms of nurses working a regular night shift. This report describes a project aimed at testing these methods among 15 police officers assigned to rotating shifts. The improvements obtained were limited. Possible reasons for these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) night work; circadian rhythm; lighting; police forces
Descriptors (secondary) Canada; artificial light; case-control study; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Hours of work
Lighting and colour