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Document ID (ISN)109908
CIS number 09-856
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ott M.G., Oberlinner C., Lang S., Hoffmann G., Nasterlack M., Pluto R.P., Trauth B., Messerer P., Zober A.
Title Health and safety protection for chemical industry employees in a rotating shift system: Program design and acute injury and illness experience at work
Bibliographic information Feb. 2009, Vol.51, No.2, p.221-231. Illus. 15 ref.
Abstract This article describes a comprehensive health protection programme for rotating shift employees adopted by a large German chemical enterprise, and evaluates its effectiveness in injury and illness prevention. For 14,128 shift and 17,218 day workers, occupational medical records were linked to job assignment records and studied over an 11-year period. Between 1995 and 2005, initiatives aimed at shift workers contributed to their greater participation in medical examinations and health seminar days by 59% and 100%, respectively, compared to day workers. Injury rates declined over time and with increasing employee age and were not elevated among shift workers compared to day workers. Clinic visit rates for acute illnesses were generally higher for day workers. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) plant health organization; health programmes; health services; Germany; shift work; chemical industry
Descriptors (secondary) case-control study; workers' participation; programme evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Chemicals, plastics and rubber
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Workplace health promotion
Occupational health services
Health care services
Chemical industry
Workers' participation