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Time-of-day and days-on-shift predict increased fatigue over two-week offshore day-shifts
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute. Karolinska Institutet, Sweden; Central Queensland University, Australia.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3221-0358
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Number of Authors: 62019 (English)In: Applied Ergonomics, ISSN 0003-6870, E-ISSN 1872-9126, Vol. 78, p. 157-163Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives

The purpose of this study was to investigate the accumulation of fatigue over a two-week offshore period. In particular, the effects of (1) time-of-day and days-on-shift as well as (2) acute and chronic sleep loss on the rate at which fatigue accumulates were investigated.

Methods

42 day-shift offshore workers were examined. Fatigue was measured using pre- and post-shift scores on the Karolinska Sleepiness Scale (KSS). Total sleep time was measured using actigraphy (Motionwatch8, Camntech). Data was analyzed using a linear mixed model analyses.

Results

Average sleep loss per night was 92 min (95%CI: 89.6-94.0; p <.001). Mean cumulative sleep loss across the study was 21:20hrs (SD = 08:10hrs) over the 14 days. Chronic sleep loss was significantly related to a modest increase in sleepiness (KSS) across the shift (95%CI: 0.01-0.17; p =.020) and in post-shift scores (95%CI:.07-0.19; p <.001). Time-of-day (95%CI: 0.63 to 0.01; p =.042) and days-on-shift (95%CI: 0.03-0.08; p <.001) as well as their interaction (95%CI: 0.08 to 0.00; p =.027) influenced the rate at which fatigue accumulated over a two-week offshore period.

Conclusions

Pre- and post-shift fatigue accumulate in different ways over the two-week offshore period. The accumulation of post-shift fatigue scores was positively related to successive days-on-shift and chronic sleep loss. Our results suggest that prolonging offshore periods will likely result in elevated fatigue risk. Accumulating fatigue and sleep loss over two-week offshore periods should be considered in fatigue risk management plans and systems.

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2019. Vol. 78, p. 157-163
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Fatigue risk management, Occupational health, Occupational safety, Sleep, Sleepiness
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Occupational Health and Environmental Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-170072DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2019.02.010ISI: 000468251600016PubMedID: 31046947OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-170072DiVA, id: diva2:1335086
Available from: 2019-07-03 Created: 2019-07-03 Last updated: 2019-07-03Bibliographically approved

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