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Document ID (ISN)72830
CIS number 99-1021
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 1997
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Spurgeon A., Harrington J.M., Cooper C.L.
Title Health and safety problems associated with long working hours: A review of the current position
Bibliographic information June 1997, Vol.54, No.6, p.367-375. 76 ref.
Abstract Current evidence relating to the potential effects on health and performance of extensions to the normal working day is reviewed. Several gaps in the literature are identified. Research to date has been restricted to a limited range of health outcomes (mental health, cardiovascular disorders). Other potential effects which are normally associated with stress (gastrointestinal disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, depression of the immune system) have received little attention. Also there have been few systematic investigations of performance effects, and little consideration of the implications of a longer working day on occupational exposure limits. It is concluded that there is sufficient evidence to raise concerns about the risks to health and safety of long working hours. However, more work is required to define the level and nature of those risks. Topics: accidents and productivity; cardiovascular disorders; fatigue; health hazards; hours of work; literature survey; mental disorders; neuropsychic stress; psychological effects; smoking; work capacity; work efficiency.
Descriptors (primary) work capacity; health hazards; hours of work
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; neuropsychic stress; smoking; work efficiency; accidents and productivity; cardiovascular disorders; fatigue; psychological effects; mental disorders
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Hours of work