Posted by: Bronwan | 2010-09-02

Health risks

Good eveing, my name is Bronwan I am a hotel receptionist and work shifts my shifts also includes night shifts below i have included my shifts from the 1st August untill the 12th September so that you can get an idea of how i work:

Early - 6am - 3pm
Late - 2pm -11pm
Night - 10pm - 7am

01/08 - Early
02/08 - Night
03/08 - Off
04/08 - Late
05/08 - Early
06/08 - Early
07/08 - Late
08/08 - Late
09/08 - Late
10/08 - Late
11/08 - Early
12/08 - Off
13/08 - Night
14/08 - Night
15/08 - Late
16/08 - Night
17/08 - Off
18/08 - Late
19/08 - Early
20/08 - Early
21/08 - Late
22/08 - Late
23/08 - Off
24/08 - Off
25/08 - Late
26/08 - Early
27/08 - Night
28/08 - Night
29/08 - Night
30/08 - Late
31/08 - Night
01/09 - Night
02/09 - Late
03/09 - Off
04/09 - Late
05/09 - Late
06/09 - Night
07/09 - Night
08/09 - Late
09/09 - Off
10/09 - Off
11/09 - Off
12/09 - Off

As you can see above i work all the different shifts, my main concern is the health hazzards associated with working night shift and as you can see in many instances when i come off a night shift that is at 7am then the same day i have to start work at 2pm that is just 7hours between shifts so this normaly means the following for me get home at 7:15am make breakfast (if I eat at all) climb into be at about 8am asleep by 9am (if i do not take a sleeping pill) wake up around 12 - 12:30 make myself something to eat (if Im hungry which does not happen alot) get ready for work again back at work by 13:45 till 11pm when i get home ill eat.and to top it all off I have started getting terrible headaches and battle to sleep and i do not know if this is relavent but I have an under active Thyroid and i am on Eltroxin 0.05mg pill daily for the rest of my life.

I really hope you can help me with some advice on my Question.

Warm regards

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Bronwan, in essence the healthiest rotation schedule is to go morning,afternoon,night with appropriate rest days. Shift work,per se is unhealthy,but is an essential component of millions around the world. You could well be suffering ill health because of your shifts. Legislation demands from the employer that you are entitled to an appropriate medical examination to assess your health and fitness. Do this and see what the doctor finds and recommends. Act speedily.

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Posted by: Jacques | 2010-11-15


Youre shifts seem to be very unstructured, I am also working shifts for the past 5 years now but we have a much better structure so it is easy to get used to it. We work morning (07h00-15h00) one week afternoon (15h00-23h00) the next followed by a night shift (23h00-07h00), we also get the weekends off and that helps alot. At our company''s other sites that need to run non stop they work on 2 day rotations. So you would work 2 days morning shift, 2 days afternoon, 2 days night followd by 2 off days. When a cycle falls on the weekend it becomes a three day so you might work 3 days morning shift for example, but ofc when the off days fall on the weekend they also become three days so this all works out fine.

I would suggest you speak with your manager about getting some structure in your shift as I know from personal experience that working shifts with little or no rest for long periods can pose a serious risk to your health and sanity.

Regards Jacques

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