Nontraditional shifts present unique safety concerns. By the time this session is over, you’ll be able to recognize the health, social, and safety effects of working outside an 8-hour day shift; identify strategies for minimizing the negative impact of shiftwork; and stay healthy and safe when working shifts.
Why “Shiftwork Safety” Matters:
Working a shift outside the usual 8-hour day has drawbacks. You can be affected physically and psychologically. That’s because the human body functions on a set pattern of daytime activity and nighttime sleep. So, when you work on some other schedule, it can have an impact on your sleep, diet, mood, family life, and alertness at work. Because of the effects, shiftworkers must take extra precautions to keep alert and work safely. It’s important to learn about how your body is affected by working shifts and what steps you can take to stay healthy and safe on the job regardless of the hours you work.
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule;
- Eat a well-balanced, sensible diet;
- Get enough exercise;
- Spend time with family and friends; and
- Keep alert on the job and follow all safe work practices.