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Document ID (ISN)104073
CIS number 05-478
ISSN - Serial title 1250-3274 - Archives des maladies professionnelles et de mÚdecine du travail
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Khalfallah T., Chaari N., Henchi M.A., Abdallah B., Ben Chikh R., Saafi M.A., Akrout M.
Title Evaluation of the impact of the Ramadan fasting month on physical workload
Original title Evaluation de l'impact du jeűne du mois du Ramadan sur la charge physique de travail [in French]
Bibliographic information Dec. 2004, Vol.65, No.7-8, p.564-570. 30 ref.
Abstract The daily habits of Muslims show important changes during the month of Ramadan. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of fasting during the month of Ramadan on physical work aptitude. It involved 148 employees of a woodworking enterprise spread across 10 workshops, and was designed as a comparative study of the physical strain for two consecutive one-month periods, during and not during Ramadan. Heart rates were monitored continuously during work. The physical strain was found to be higher during the month of Ramadan. In particular, work was classified as being heavier according to the scale of strenuousness of Chamoux. It appears that an occupational hygiene strategy for the month of the Ramadan, including a suitable work rhythm organization together with nutritional and behavioral education, would be beneficial.
Descriptors (primary) non-occupational factors; food deprivation; work aptitude; physical workload; work efficiency
Descriptors (secondary) work organization; Tunisia; heavy work; information of personnel; nutrition; sleep deprivation; pulse rate; work capacity
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceTunisia
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Nutrition