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Fatigue at sea in Swedish shipping-a field study
Chalmers University of Technology.
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2010 (English)In: American Journal of Industrial Medicine, ISSN 0271-3586, E-ISSN 1097-0274, Vol. 53, no 7, 733-740 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Today many merchant ships sail with only two nautical officers, working a shift schedule of 6 hr on and 6 hr off. There are concerns that such a shift schedule is related to fatigue. However, little data exist from onboard studies of seafarers.

METHODS: Data were collected on board 13 ships. Fifteen participants worked on a 6-on, 6-off watch system and another 15 on a 4-on, 8-off watch system. Electrooculography, actigraphy, diaries, and reaction time tests were used to measure the effects of shift system on fatigue and sleep.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: Sleepiness was higher during the night shift in the 6-on, 6-off system. Moreover, sleepiness increased more during the watch in the 6-on, 6-off system compared to the 4-on, 8-off system. There was a trend toward shorter sleep episodes in the 6-on, 6-off system and sleep was more often split into two episodes.

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2010. Vol. 53, no 7, 733-740 p.
Keyword [en]
fatigue, sleep, seafarers, shift work
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Environmental Health and Occupational Health
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-86901DOI: 10.1002/ajim.20814ISI: 000278975100009PubMedID: 20187001OAI: diva2:501141
QC 20120219Available from: 2012-02-13 Created: 2012-02-13 Last updated: 2012-02-19Bibliographically approved

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