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Asia Pac J Public Health. 2015 Mar;27(2):NP1805-18. doi: 10.1177/1010539513490788. Epub 2013 Jun 11.

Risk for work-related fatigue among the employees on semiconductor manufacturing lines.

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1
En Chu Kong Hospital, New Taipei, Taiwan Fu Jen Catholic University, New Taipei, Taiwan National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan Tao-Yuan General Hospital, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan.
2
National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan Sijhih Cathay General Hospital, New Taipei, Taiwan.
3
Fu Jen Catholic University, New Taipei, Taiwan Cathay General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.
4
National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan pchen@ntu.edu.tw.

Abstract

To examine the potential risk factors for work-related fatigue (WRF) among workers in modern industries, the authors analyzed the records of need-for-recovery questionnaires and health checkup results for 1545 employees. Compared with regular daytime workers, and after adjusting for confounders, the workers adapting to day-and-night rotating shift work (RSW) had a 4.0-fold (95% confidence interval [CI] = 2.7-5.9) increased risk for WRF, higher than the 2.2-fold risk (95% CI = 1.5-3.3) for persistent shift workers. Based on highest education level, the male employees with university degrees had the highest adjusted odds ratio (a-OR) 2.8 (95% CI = 1.0-7.8) for complaining of WRF versus compulsory education group. For female workers, currently married/cohabiting status was inversely associated with WRF (a-OR = 0.5; 95% CI = 0.2-0.9), and child-rearing responsibility moderately increased WRF risk (a-OR = 1.9; 95% CI = 1.0-3.7). Day-and-night RSW and the adaptation, educational levels of males, and domestic factors for females contributed to WRF among semiconductor manufacturing employees.

KEYWORDS:

need-for-recovery; risk assessment; rotating shift work; work-related fatigue

PMID:
23761590
DOI:
10.1177/1010539513490788
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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