Dtsch Med Wochenschr 2006; 131(44): 2451-2452
DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-955054
Serie | Arbeitsmedizin

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Schicht- und Nachtarbeit aus Sicht der Arbeitsmedizin

Shift- and night work and occupational healthH. W. Rüdiger1
  • 1Klinische Abteilung Arbeitsmedizin, Medizinische Universität Wien
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Publication History

eingereicht: 27.6.2006

akzeptiert: 10.8.2006

Publication Date:
25 October 2006 (online)


There is evidence that shift work may implicate a considerable health risk due to the disturbed circadian rhythm. It therefore poses a special challenge to Occupational Medicine. Since shift work itself cannot be eliminated from the world of labour, preventive measures have to be taken in order to keep the inherent risks in justifiable limits. This can be achieved by observing scientifically established rules concerning shift schedules and a close health surveillance of the employees, in particular of those who also do night shift work.