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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30519967/sick-leave-before-and-after-a-work-place-targeted-terror-attack
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Marianne Bang Hansen, Mona Berthelsen, Alexander Nissen, Trond Heir
OBJECTIVES: To estimate the rate of sick leave and sick leave diagnosis among employees before and after a work-place targeted terror attack, and to compare sick leave in subgroups of employees based on gender and trauma exposure. METHODS: Data on sick leave and diagnosis in ministerial employees from the period 3 years before to 3 years after the 2011 bombing in the governmental district of Oslo was retrieved from the Norwegian Social Insurance Administration Registries...
December 6, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30515562/night-time-work-and-all-cause-mortality-in-the-general-working-population-of-denmark
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Harald Hannerz, Helle Soll-Johanning, Ann Dyreborg Larsen, Anne Helene Garde
PURPOSE: A recent study among female nurses in Denmark found an increased mortality among night-time workers, which has raised concerns about the sufficiency of the EU Working Time Directive. The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between night-time work and all-cause mortality among full-time employees in the general workforce of Denmark. METHODS: Interview data from the Danish Labour Force Surveys, 1999-2013, were linked to national registers with individual-level data on occupation, industry, socioeconomic status (SES), emigrations and deaths...
December 4, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30515561/the-role-of-personal-characteristics-work-environment-and-context-in-working-beyond-retirement-a-mixed-methods-study
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G Lennart van der Zwaan, Karen M Oude Hengel, Ranu Sewdas, Astrid de Wind, Romy Steenbeek, Allard J van der Beek, Cécile R L Boot
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of personal characteristics, work environment and context in working beyond retirement. METHODS: In the current study, a mixed-methods design was applied including quantitative survey data and semi-structured telephone interviews. Respondents (N = 568) were selected from the Study on Transitions in Employment, Ability and Motivation (STREAM). Personal characteristics, work characteristics and contextual factors were measured using a questionnaire at baseline...
December 4, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30511342/long-term-exposure-to-heavy-physical-work-disability-pension-due-to-musculoskeletal-disorders-and-all-cause-mortality-20-year-follow-up-introducing-helsinki-health-study-job-exposure-matrix
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Jenni Ervasti, Olli Pietiläinen, Ossi Rahkonen, Eero Lahelma, Anne Kouvonen, Tea Lallukka, Minna Mänty
PURPOSE: We developed a job exposure matrix (JEM) to study the association between long-term exposure to heavy physical effort or heavy lifting and carrying at work with disability pension due to musculoskeletal disorders and premature all-cause mortality. METHODS: Exposure to heavy physical effort at work during 1996-2005 was estimated with JEM developed for this study population, where the exposure was based on occupational titles of the participants. We included all employees of the City of Helsinki, Finland, who had annual data of exposure for 8-10 years (1996-2005, n = 18387)...
December 3, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30511341/sleep-and-alertness-in-shift-work-disorder-findings-of-a-field-study
#5
Päivi Vanttola, Mikko Härmä, Katriina Viitasalo, Christer Hublin, Jussi Virkkala, Mikael Sallinen, Kati Karhula, Sampsa Puttonen
PURPOSE: Although shift work disorder (SWD) affects a major part of the shift working population, little is known about its manifestation in real life. This observational field study aimed to provide a detailed picture of sleep and alertness among shift workers with a questionnaire-based SWD, by comparing them to shift workers without SWD during work shifts and free time. METHODS: SWD was determined by a questionnaire. Questionnaires and 3-week field monitoring, including sleep diaries, actigraphy, the Karolinska Sleepiness Scale (KSS), EEG-based sleep recordings, and Psychomotor Vigilance Tasks (PVT), were used to study 22 SWD cases and 9 non-SWD workers...
December 3, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30506444/the-physical-performance-of-workers-on-offshore-wind-energy-platforms-is-pre-employment-fitness-testing-necessary-and-fair
#6
Alexandra M Preisser, Rosalie V McDonough, Volker Harth
PURPOSE: Workers on offshore wind turbine installations face a variety of physical and psychological challenges. To prevent potentially dangerous situations or incidents, guidelines for the physical aptitude testing of offshore employees in Germany and other European countries have been developed. However, these criteria have not been previously empirically tested for validity. Although an important component of occupational health and safety, such aptitude testing should not lead to the unjustified exclusion of potential employees...
December 1, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30506367/new-insights-on-occupational-exposure-and-bladder-cancer-risk-a-pooled-analysis-of-two-italian-case-control-studies
#7
Veronica Sciannameo, Angela Carta, Angelo d'Errico, Maria Teresa Giraudo, Francesca Fasanelli, Cecilia Arici, Milena Maule, Paolo Carnà, Paolo Destefanis, Luigi Rolle, Paolo Gontero, Giovanni Casetta, Andrea Zitella, Giuseppina Cucchiarale, Paolo Vineis, Stefano Porru, Carlotta Sacerdote, Fulvio Ricceri
PURPOSE: The main risk factor for bladder cancer (BC) is cigarette smoking, but also occupational exposure to carcinogens is relevant, causing about 4-10% of BC. We aimed at investigating the association between BC risk, occupations held in the past and exposure to occupational carcinogens, also assessing whether these associations were influenced by tumour grade. METHODS: We pooled data from two Italian case-control studies on male BC, analyzing 893 cases and 978 controls...
November 30, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30483875/prevalence-of-sleep-disordered-breathing-among-women-working-in-the-aged-care-services-in-japan
#8
Yuka Suzuki, Ai Ikeda, Hiroo Wada, Koutatsu Maruyama, Narihisa Miyachi, Ronald Filomeno, Yohei Suzuki, Satomi Ikeda, Yumi Hashimoto, Yasunari Koyama, Takeshi Tanigawa
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the prevalence of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) in women working in the field of aged care in Japan. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted for female employees aged 18-60 years in aged care facilities in Japan. The analyzed set consisted of 712 participants with complete data. SDB was determined by respiratory disturbance index (RDI), measured using an ambulatory airflow monitor with a polyvinylidene fluoride film sensor to detect nasal and oral airflow overnight at home...
November 27, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30474734/psychological-treatments-for-return-to-work-in-individuals-on-sickness-absence-due-to-common-mental-disorders-or-musculoskeletal-disorders-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Anna Finnes, Pia Enebrink, Ata Ghaderi, JoAnne Dahl, Anna Nager, Lars-Göran Öst
PURPOSE: Common mental disorders (CMDs) and musculoskeletal disorders are highly prevalent in the population and cause significant distress and disability, and high costs to society. The main objective of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to examine the outcome and comparative effectiveness of psychological interventions in reducing sickness absence (SA) due to CMDs or musculoskeletal disorders, compared to a waitlist control group, usual care or another clinical intervention...
November 24, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30474733/predicting-long-term-sickness-absence-among-employees-with-frequent-sickness-absence
#10
Annette Notenbomer, Willem van Rhenen, Johan W Groothoff, Corné A M Roelen
PURPOSE: Frequent absentees are at risk of long-term sickness absence (SA). The aim of the study is to develop prediction models for long-term SA among frequent absentees. METHODS: Data were obtained from 53,833 workers who participated in occupational health surveys in the period 2010-2013; 4204 of them were frequent absentees (i.e., employees with ≥ 3 SA spells in the year prior to the survey). The survey data of the frequent absentees were used to develop two prediction models: model 1 including job demands and job resources and model 2 including burnout and work engagement...
November 24, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30456459/the-joint-association-of-musculoskeletal-pain-and-domains-of-physical-activity-with-sleep-problems-cross-sectional-data-from-the-dphacto-study-denmark
#11
Eivind Schjelderup Skarpsno, Paul Jarle Mork, Tom Ivar Lund Nilsen, Marie Birk Jørgensen, Andreas Holtermann
PURPOSE: To investigate if occupational physical activity (OPA) and leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) influence the association between musculoskeletal pain and sleep problems. METHODS: Cross-sectional study includes 678 workers in the Danish PHysical ACTivity cohort with Objective measurements (DPhacto). Musculoskeletal pain was assessed by questionnaires, while OPA and LTPA were measured with accelerometers for up to 6 consecutive days. We used logistic regression to calculate odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for self-reported insomnia symptoms and non-restorative sleep...
November 19, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30446831/wet-work-exposure-comparison-of-observed-and-self-reported-data
#12
Tamara Lund, Esben Meulengrath Flachs, Niels Erik Ebbehøj, Jens Peter Bonde, Tove Agner
PURPOSE: Wet work is the most important exposure leading to occupational hand eczema; however, the prevalence and character of wet work in various wet work professions remain not fully covered. Self-reported data are widely used in studies of wet work although the validity of these remains uncertain. The objective of the present study is to provide information on validity of self-reported wet work exposure in different professions by comparing work place observations with self-reported data...
November 16, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30443711/physical-capacity-occupational-physical-demands-and-relative-physical-strain-of-older-employees-in-construction-and-healthcare
#13
Suzanne L Merkus, Lars-Kristian Lunde, Markus Koch, Morten Wærsted, Stein Knardahl, Kaj Bo Veiersted
PURPOSE: To assess age-related differences in physical capacity, occupational physical demands, and relative physical strain at a group level, and the balance between capacity and demands at an individual level, for construction and healthcare workers. METHODS: Shoulder strength, back strength, and aerobic capacity were assessed among construction (n = 62) and healthcare workers (n = 64). During a full working day, accelerometers estimated upper-arm elevation, trunk flexion, and occupational physical activity as indicators of occupational physical demands...
November 15, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30426207/the-association-between-occupational-standing-and-sedentary-leisure-time-over-consecutive-workdays-among-blue-collar-workers-in-manual-jobs
#14
Charlotte Lund Rasmussen, Kirsten Nabe-Nielsen, Marie Birk Jørgensen, Andreas Holtermann
PURPOSE: Blue-collar workers spend much leisure time sedentary, which is associated with numerous health impairments. The extensive sedentary leisure time among blue-collar workers could be caused by fatigue from physically demanding work, like stationary standing. Occupational stationary standing is prevalent in many blue-collar jobs and has been shown to induce fatigue. The objective of this study was to investigate the association between occupational standing and sedentary leisure time over several workdays among blue-collar workers...
November 13, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30417278/sleep-duration-mediates-abdominal-and-lower-extremity-pain-after-night-work-in-nurses
#15
Maria Katsifaraki, Kristian Bernhard Nilsen, Jan Olav Christensen, Morten Wærsted, Stein Knardahl, Bjørn Bjorvatn, Mikko Härmä, Dagfinn Matre
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the association between different working shifts (i.e. morning, evening, night shifts) and headache, musculoskeletal and abdominal pain, and the extent to which reduced sleep duration could account for these associations. METHODS: Nurses (N = 679, 649 female, aged 22-53 years) were followed up for a period of 28 consecutive days, responding to a diary about sleep, shift type and pain complaints (measured on a Likert-type scale ranging from 0 to 3)...
November 11, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30406332/heatwave-and-work-related-injuries-and-illnesses-in-adelaide-australia-a-case-crossover-analysis-using-the-excess-heat-factor-ehf-as-a-universal-heatwave-index
#16
Blesson M Varghese, Alana Hansen, Monika Nitschke, John Nairn, Scott Hanson-Easey, Peng Bi, Dino Pisaniello
PURPOSE: Heatwaves, or extended periods of extreme heat, are predicted to increase in frequency, intensity and duration with climate change, but their impact on occupational injury has not been extensively studied. We examined the relationship between heatwaves of varying severity and work-related injuries and illnesses. We used a newly proposed metric of heatwave severity, the Excess Heat Factor (EHF), which accounts for local climate characteristics and acclimatization and compared it with heatwaves defined by daily maximum temperature...
November 7, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30406331/is-effort-reward-imbalance-at-work-associated-with-different-domains-of-health-functioning-baseline-results-from-the-french-constances-study
#17
Johannes Siegrist, Morten Wahrendorf, Marcel Goldberg, Marie Zins, Hanno Hoven
PURPOSE: Despite its importance a comprehensive assessment of health functioning has rarely been included in epidemiological investigations of work-related health outcomes. In this study, we analyzed associations of a health-adverse psychosocial work environment with a comprehensive set of subjective and objective measures of health functioning that cover the three domains of affective, cognitive, and physical functioning. METHODS: Baseline data from the French CONSTANCES cohort study were used with a sample of 24,327 employed men and women aged 45-60...
November 7, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30406330/long-working-hours-are-inversely-related-to-sick-leave-in-the-following-3-months-a-4-year-registry-study
#18
Øystein Vedaa, Ståle Pallesen, Eilin K Erevik, Erling Svensen, Siri Waage, Bjørn Bjorvatn, Børge Sivertsen, Anette Harris
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of long working hours (≥ 12 h shifts) on sick leave using objective records of shift work exposure and of sick leave. METHODS: A total of 1538 nurses (mean age 42.5, SD 12.0; response rate 42%) participated. Payroll and archival sick leave data over a 4-year period were retrieved from employers' records and aggregated over every third calendar month. A multilevel negative binomial model was used to investigate the effects of exposure to long working hours, on subsequent sick leave rates the following 3 months...
November 7, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30392047/analysis-of-the-association-between-ionizing-radiation-and-mortality-in-uranium-workers-from-five-plants-involved-in-the-nuclear-fuel-production-cycle-in-france
#19
Ségolène Bouet, Estelle Davesne, Eric Samson, Iris Jovanovic, Eric Blanchardon, Cécile Challeton-de Vathaire, David B Richardson, Klervi Leuraud, Dominique Laurier, Olivier Laurent
PURPOSE: The aim is to investigate associations between mortality and exposure to ionizing radiation in a cohort of uranium workers with potential for internal and external radiation exposures. METHODS: Workers employed for at least 6 months between 1958 and 2006 in five plants involved in the French nuclear fuel cycle were included and followed up between 1968 and 2013. Cause-specific standardized mortality ratios were calculated. Analyses of associations between individual cumulative radiation dose (both internal and external, lagged by 5-15 years) and mortality were conducted using Poisson regression...
November 3, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30390155/workplace-bullying-among-employees-in-germany-prevalence-estimates-and-the-role-of-the-perpetrator
#20
Stefanie Lange, Hermann Burr, Paul Maurice Conway, Uwe Rose
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the prevalence of workplace bullying in Germany while also taking the perpetrator and severity level (measured by frequency) into account and considering the role of gender, age and socio-economic status. METHODS: We used data from a large representative sample (N = 4143) of employees in Germany subject to social security contributions. Self-reported bullying was assessed for different combinations of perpetrators (co-workers, superiors) and according to severity, i...
November 2, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
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