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Wednesday 8 August 2012

Irregular shift work 'can impact health'

People who work irregular hours outside of the normal nine to five shift are at an increased risk of suffering from health problems, according to one expert.

Dan Hackam, associate professor at Western University in Ontario, Canada, said that this is defined as employment in any business that is not a regular daytime schedule, so approximately between the hours of nine to five.

"That could include evening shifts, night shifts, rotating shifts, split shifts, on call shifts, casual shifts, 24-hour shifts, irregular schedules and any other non-day schedules," he explained.

According to the specialist, studies carried out at his university found that shift work was associated with a relative risk increase of 23 per cent for myocardial infarction (heart attacks), and a five per cent increased risk of ischemic stroke, while coronary events increased with a risk ratio increase of 24 per cent.

This is a "pretty significant" impact at population level because shift work is such a prevalent employment pattern, Professor Hackam said.

"As we move more and more towards a 24/7 society, with services open throughout the night and other odd hours, particularly in urban and industrialised countries, we think this is going to be even more of a problem in the future," he concluded.

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Source: The Sales Director News

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