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Night work effects 2 The human body and mind are meant to sleep at night and be active during day light Some workers can adapt to working continually during the but among these certain health disorders are prominent Kroemer Grandjean 1997 Despite this fact high numbers of people are being asked to work at night The body may acclimatize if one works by night and sleeps by day regularly and consistently However for many night work is an irregular part of their timetable night work and day work alternating irregularly This is where the problems arise This essay will look briefly at why night work has become such a large and busy area within industry and employment It will also cover the organization of shifts the effects of the bodys circadian rhythms the health difficulties associated with night work human error error management and social domestic physical strategies for coping with night work The scheduling of hours of work is undoubtedly one of the major social problems of industrial society Statistic estimates that 30 of Canadas workforce are involved in some kinds of shiftwork Of those 33 work irregular shifts just under 30 work rotating shifts 17 work long term evening shifts 10 work on call 3 work split shifts 3 work long term night shifts and just over 3 are classed as other Present estimates tell us Night work effects 3 that before the trend slows fully 35 of the workforce will work some type of shiftwork Siroonian 1993 Companies are feeling the need to maximize their efficiency by spreading their operating costs over 24 hours Increased demands in productivity and changes in lifestyle over the past fifty years or so have led to more and more people seeking out work at night A huge factor behind this shift was the availability of electricity World War II also played a large part in this revolution as demands for ammunition was high and
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