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April/May 2011 (vol. 07/6)

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Shiftwork, nightwork and safety

This systematic review on the safety implications of shiftwork, nightwork and long hours identified 14 high quality papers. Rotating shifts carry a higher risk than fixed shifts. The risk of accidents increases cumulatively above eight hours worked – and the probability of having an accident at 12 hours is twice as high as at eight hours. There were no observed effects of age or gender.

Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment & Health 2011; online first: doi:10.5271/sjweh.3146. http://goo.gl/sJUgZ

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Occupational Health at Work April/May 2011 (vol. 07/6) pp50