|Document ID (ISN)||25953|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1775-8785 - Archives des maladies professionnelles
|Convention or series no.
||Constitutional inaptitude or conditional aptitude for shift work - Chronic tetany or spasmophilia
||Inaptitude constitutionnelle ou aptitude conditionnelle au travail postÚ: la tÚtanie chronique ou spasmophilie. [in French]|
||Oct.-Nov. 1975, Vol.36, No.10-11, p.585-592. 18 ref.
||General considerations on shift work are followed by a brief survey of previous literature on the subject. The author describes a clinical survey he carried out over a period of more than 4 years in 1,200 shift workers (mostly working in 3 continuous 8h shifts) and 1,200 day workers, in a petroleum refinery and adjoining research centre. One element common to the workers experiencing difficulty in adjusting to shift work was noted: a constitutional tendency to spasmophilia (tetany) distinguished by neuromuscular hyperexcitability evidenced by Chvostek's sign and by cerebral lability with depressive tendencies. Careful screening in pre-employment examinations should eliminate maladjusted persons of this kind from shift work, while possible decompensation in known spasmophilic subjects can be prevented by oral administration of vitamin D and calcium.
||shift work; petroleum refining; spasmophilia
||France; work aptitude; pre-employment medical examinations; medical prevention; occupational health survey
||Ergonomics and work organization
|Broad subject area(s)
||Diseases of the nervous system
Petroleum and natural gas industry