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Chernyuk V. I., Bobko N. A., Kudiyevsky Ya. V.


SI "Institute for Occupational Health of NAMS of Ukraine", Kyiv

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Purpose of the study. To reveal specific features of fatigue formation in day and night 12-hour shifts by psychological and psychophysiological indicators in representatives of high safety demand profession on the example of engineers-electronics of automated air traffic control systems (AATCS).

Materials and methods. 47 AATCS engineers at the civil airports of Ukraine (work tension – class 3.2) had been examined in first and last hours of working shifts by a set of tests on self-feeling, activity, mood, situational anxiety by Spielberger-Khanin, a proof test with Landolt rings, red and black tables, short-term memory on numbers and figures.

Results. The classic indicators of fatigue were revealed in workers over 12-hour working shifts: decrease in activity, deterioration in self-feeling and mood (p < 0,0001) under preferential decrease of indicators in self-feeling and activity, especially in night shifts (p < 0,0001); worsening both short-term memory on figures (p < 0,02) and switching the attention (p < 0,007) in day shifts; decrease in professional reliability (increase in anxiety (at night – p < 0,0003, in the day – p < 0,009). At night shifts against the background of deeper development of fatigue (significantly greater increase in anxiety and decrease in activity and self-feeling in comparison with mood (p < 0,02) signs of formation of overfatigue were revealed in AATCS- improving the efficiency of information processing, requiring concentration of attention to the end of the shifts, as compared with its initial level (p < 0,002 ....0,03).

Conclusion. More deep development of unfavorable changes in the continuum of functional body states "fatigue–overfatigue" were revealed in 12-hour night shifts as compared with day ones. The signs of overfatigue formation in 12-hour night shifts point to unacceptableness of extended night shifts, when consider professional reliability and health maintenance of AATCS engineers.

Key words: shift work, mental activity, fatigue, overfatigue


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