The Challenges of Shift Work

Shift workers face challenges that most other workers don’t; irregular sleep patterns, meals out of sync, tiredness when moving between erratic sleep patterns.  It is no wonder that there is so much research which points towards shift workers being more likely to start being diabetic and harder to control blood sugar levels for existing diabetics.

How Can Employers Help?

Individuals have a personal responsibility to look after themselves whether they are diabetics or not.  But a responsible employer can help by;

  • Undertaking risk assessments.
  • Building regular breaks into shift patterns for blood monitoring and medication.
  • Providing healthy food to shift works, particularly at sites where healthy food is not easy for employees to buy nearby.
  • Offering health screening programmes.
  • Allowing access to websites and other educational material.

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