Effects of ergonomic shift scheduling and COVID-19 pandemic on working hours and health in the social and health care sector
The goal of the project is to investigate the use and effects of the shift scheduling software including the FIOH Working Time Traffic Light Recommendations as well as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the renewed Working Time Act on the changes of working hours, health, and safety. The outcomes include information of daily sickness absence and occupational injuries, and the perceived health and safety based on the biannual Finnish Public Sector (FPS) surveys.
We will provide feedback to the participating organizations and policy makers on the annual trends in working hours in relation to the effects of the Finnish Working Time Act, COVID-19 pandemic, shift work, age, and sex. We will update the FIOH Working Time Traffic Light Recommendations for further use by working places and digitalized work scheduling applications linked to FIOH recommendations. The project also produces an algorithm-based internet application for assessing the accident risk related to the shift schedule.
Materials and techniques
The research project utilizes working time data from the social and health care sector including daily working time and sickness absence data, as well as occupational injury data linked at individual level from altogether 17 hospital districts and cities between 2008-2022. The working time and sickness absence data is linked to the FPS study which covers approximately 220 000 employees and over 200 million workdays.
Finnish Work Environment Fund, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, CGI Finland Ltd, the participating hospital districts and cities
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