Shiftwork in the chemical industry

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Surveys: United Kingdom
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Working conditions

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SHIFTWORK
IN THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY
SURVEYS
UNITED KINGDOM SHIFTWORK
IN THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY
SURVEYS
UNITED KINGDOM
E F / s ι /1 s / Ε η Copyright of THE EUROPEAN FOUNDATION FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF LIVING
AND WORKING CONDITIONS, 1981
For rights of translation or reproduction, application should be made
to the Director, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living
and Working Conditions, Loughlinstown House, Shankill, Co. Dublin,
Ireland. PREFACE
This volume forms part of a series of surveys on shiftwork in the
chemical sector.
In carrying out these surveys in each of the Member States of the
Community, the Foundation's aims were as follows:
1) to identify the main features of the chemical industry in each
country and to evaluate the importance of thisy in relation
to the national economy and to the Common Market as a whole;
2) to examine the spread of shiftwork in the chemical industry
and to analyse trends in this respect;
3) to describe the shiftwork patterns habitually employed, placing
particular emphasis on rotation systems, premiums and number of
crews;
4) to analyse the situation of shiftworkers (pay, type of training,
qualifications, turnover, facilities as regards vocational training,
trade unions activities etc.).
The study was carried out in two phases:
1) a report was drawn up by a research institute in each Member State ;
2) the set of reports was evaluated by representatives of the govern­
ments, the employers and the trade unions . Each group viewed the
analysis contained in the reports against the experience of its
respective members and, if appropriate, made proposals aimed at
improving the situation. Each group set down its opinion in the
form of a written evaluation report. This method reflects the
Foundation's regard for promoting research of a type which brings
together the experts' approach and the experience of those involved
practically in problems of working conditions. The procedure followed in the study of the spread of shiftwork in the
chemical sector is reflected in the composition of this volume which
contains:
1) the evaluation reports drawn up by representatives of governments,
trade unions and employers, based on working group meetings at a
seminar held in Dublin on 22, 23 and 24 October 1980;
2) a study carried out by IFF Research Limited on shiftwork in the
chemical sector in the United Kingdom.
The European Foundation wishes to emphasize that the analyses and
opinions contained in the studies carried out by the national institutes
are the sole responsibility of the authors concerned. EVALUATION REPORTS