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2003 - Health/Medical

This project involved the use of the 'Work Positive' methodology published by NHS Health Scotland to assess the risks to health of the client's staff from Stress. It involved a postal questionnaire and series of focus groups. The subsequent report identified the areas where stress was the greatest concern, and suggested methods to reduce the risk. Although not actively involved in the assessment, Andy made a significant contribution to the analysis of the results and completion of the report.

The client was planning to change from a 8-hour to 12-hour shift pattern. The main driver for this was that they were having problems arranging cover for holidays, sickness etc. This had resulted in frequent working of double shifts (i.e. 16 hours). Andy made extensive use of fatigue research documented in HSE Contract Research Report 254/1999, and the working time directive and UK regulations. Communication was key element in this project and research about shift handover described in HSE offshore report OTO 96003 was used.