Shift work presents many health dangers: Symposium

More research needed to mitigate negative effects
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/16/2010

Evidence is mounting linking shift work to cancer, cardiovascular disease, workplace injuries and pregnancy complications.

But there still needs to be more research into how shift work affects health and how employers can mitigate the negative effects, according to Ron Saunders, a senior scientist at the Institute for Work and Health, which hosted a scientific symposium on the health effects of shift work in Toronto in April.

“We know enough to be concerned about the potential effects of shift work on health,” he said. “The research so far leaves us with quite a bit of uncertainty about how big those health impacts are.”