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The cost of inadequate sleep among on-call workers in Australia: A workplace perspective

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posted on 14.09.2018, 00:00 by Grace Vincent, Irina Kinchin, Sally Ferguson, Sarah Jay
On-call or stand-by is becoming an increasingly prevalent form of work scheduling. However, on-call arrangements are typically utilised when workloads are low, for example at night, which can result in inadequate sleep. It is a matter of concern that on-call work is associated with an increased risk of workplace injury. This study sought to determine the economic cost of injury due to inadequate sleep in Australian on-call workers. The prevalence of inadequate sleep among on-call workers was determined using an online survey, and economic costs were estimated using a previously validated costing methodology. Two-thirds of the sample (66%) reported obtaining inadequate sleep on weekdays (work days) and over 80% reported inadequate sleep while on-call. The resulting cost of injury is estimated at $2.25 billion per year ($1.71–2.73 billion). This equates to $1222 per person per incident involving a short-term absence from work; $2.53 million per incident classified as full incapacity, and $1.78 million for each fatality. To the best of our knowledge this is the first study to quantify the economic cost of workplace injury due to inadequate sleep in on-call workers. Well-rested employees are critical to safe and productive workplace operations. Therefore, it is in the interest of both employers and governments to prioritise and invest far more into the management of inadequate sleep in industries which utilise on-call work arrangements. © 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

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Volume

15

Issue

3

Start Page

1

End Page

12

Number of Pages

12

eISSN

1660-4601

ISSN

1661-7827

Publisher

M D P I AG, Switzerland

Additional Rights

CC BY 4.0

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Acceptance Date

14/02/2018

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

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