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Document ID (ISN)25953
CIS number 76-1779
ISSN - Serial title 1775-8785 - Archives des maladies professionnelles
Year 1975
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Combaz M.
Title Constitutional inaptitude or conditional aptitude for shift work - Chronic tetany or spasmophilia
Original title Inaptitude constitutionnelle ou aptitude conditionnelle au travail postÚ: la tÚtanie chronique ou spasmophilie. [in French]
Bibliographic information Oct.-Nov. 1975, Vol.36, No.10-11, p.585-592. 18 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) shift work; petroleum refining; spasmophilia
Descriptors (secondary) France; work aptitude; pre-employment medical examinations; medical prevention; occupational health survey
Document type -
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the nervous system
Petrochemical industry
Petroleum and natural gas industry