Nautilus International has welcomed research published in the Lancet medical journal demonstrating that people working long hours are more likely to have suffer strokes and their recommendation that more attention should be paid to the management of vascular risk factors in individuals who work long hours.
‘In addition to “acute” and “chronic” fatigue that pose an immediate risk to the individual, the traveling public and the environment, this research rightly identifies one of the long term effects of working long hours ,’ said Allan Graveson, Nautilus International senior national secretary.
‘In addition to stroke, heart disease, diabetes and cancer have been identified as long term increased risks to health as a consequence of working long hours especially, at night with inadequate rest.
‘In shipping, where there is the potential for the greatest loss of life in a single incident, regulations provide for working a 91/98 hour working week. Independent research, Project Horizon has confirmed that human performance seriously degrades when working long hours, especially at night. This causes tiredness and places all marine users at risk.
‘‘The long term risk to health is considerable and was recognised with the European Working Time Directive in 1993. Unlike asbestos, ignored for decades, employers now need to take responsibility. A 91/98 hour working week is unacceptable.’