Friday, October 06, 2006

Safer Shiftwork Through More Effective Scheduling

Tips for avoiding injury due to shiftwork scheduling ...

"A new program from the Liberty Mutual Research Institute assesses worker injury rates based on work scheduling factors.

So many industries utilize shiftwork schedules that nearly 15 million full-time workers in the United States work shifts outside the traditional 9-to-5 or flex-time workday, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yet those added shifts, implemented specifically to increase profitability, actually may be costing companies money through higher worker injury rates.

By rethinking how you schedule shiftwork, you can help keep workers safe and make each shift more effective.

Based on the findings of a recently published Liberty Mutual Research Institute study modeling the impact of the components of long work hours on injuries and accidents, the loss prevention group developed a program to assess worker injury risk based on such work scheduling factors as time of day, hours per shift, number of consecutive shifts and time between rest breaks."    (Continued via Occupational Hazards)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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