Posted by Siriya Mitsattha on August 17, 2017 . 0 Comments
What is shift work?
Shift work refers to any work that occurs outside of regular daytime hours (8 AM to 5 PM), and also involves irregular, on call, and rotating shifts. In 2005, approximately 28% of 14.6 million Canadian workers worked some type of irregular shift.
Industries where shift work is common include healthcare (doctors, nurses and hospital staff), services (police, fast food and commercial workers) and transportation (airline staff and truckers).
Working against natural biological clocks could have a detrimental impact on shift workers both physically and mentally. Shift work was categorized as a Class 2A Carcinogen by the World Health Organization in 2007. In addition, studies have shown that night shift workers have almost twice the risk of being injured when compared to regular workers.
Why does shift work pose a risk?