Shift working health issues

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Conference
2021 Virtual Special Water, Enviroment & Transport Conference
Date
8 April 2021
Decision
Carried

This Conference is concerned about the health risks of UNISON members employed as shift workers in the Water industry and possibly other sectors covered by the Water, Environment and Transport Service Group.

Regular shift working causes disturbed sleep patterns which in turn can affect concentration levels which can then cause potential Health and Safety issues whilst undertaking tasks.

This issue has become even more prevalent as a result of the extended working hours UNISON members as key workers in the Water Industry have been expected to work particularly during the pandemic.

The Service Group Executive in conjunction with UNISON�s Health and Safety unit are asked to undertake a survey of branches in the Service Group to evaluate the scale of the problem and develop a guide for branches to use to evaluate the potential of recompense for members affected as well as reducing the necessity of shift working.