The purpose of a night worker health assessment is to determine whether a worker is fit to undertake the night work to which he/she has been assigned. Also, it is to determine whether the work will have an effect upon the employee’s health.
Night time is defined as the period between 11.00pm and 6.00am and a night worker is defined as someone who regularly works at least 3 hours of daily working time during 11.00pm and 6.00am.
Why it's important
Long-term night shift work has been linked to a number of health problems, including heart disease, ulcers, metabolic problems, obesity and certain cancers. A lack of sleep can alter the metabolism and the appetite and encourages irregular eating habits which can raise the risk of metabolic problems. Working night shifts disrupts the body’s circadian rhythms, and this can disrupt normal behaviour cycles and lead to depression and stress.
What we look for
Other medical conditions requiring regular medication on a strict timetable
Chronic chest disorders
Medical conditions affecting sleep
Stomach or intestinal disorders
Heart and circulatory disorders
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