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Working conditions in international seafaring.
Occup Med (Lond). 2006 Sep; 56(6):393-7.OM

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Seafaring is a global profession and seafarers have their second home on board and live there for several months at a time.

AIM

To assess self-rated health status and the main characteristics of seafarers' working conditions.

METHODS

Questionnaire study concerning the most recent tour of duty.

RESULTS

A total of 6,461 seafarers in 11 countries responded. In general, the seafarers' self-rated health was good, but it declined significantly with age. Seafarers from South-East Asian countries spent longer time periods at sea, and had lower numbers of officers and older seafarers than found among seafarers from western countries. Most seafarers worked every day of the week, and on average for 67-70 h a week during periods of 2.5-8.5 months at sea.

CONCLUSIONS

Seafarers' self-rated health was generally good but varied significantly by country. Working conditions also differed by country but did not reflect working conditions in general. Further studies are necessary to describe more closely the influence of work schedules on the health and social life of seafarers.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Research Unit of Maritime Medicine, University of Southern Denmark, Østergade 81-83, DK-6700 Esbjerg, Denmark. OCJ@FMM.SDU.dkNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16804089

Citation

Jensen, Olaf C., et al. "Working Conditions in International Seafaring." Occupational Medicine (Oxford, England), vol. 56, no. 6, 2006, pp. 393-7.
Jensen OC, Sørensen JF, Thomas M, et al. Working conditions in international seafaring. Occup Med (Lond). 2006;56(6):393-7.
Jensen, O. C., Sørensen, J. F., Thomas, M., Canals, M. L., Nikolic, N., & Hu, Y. (2006). Working conditions in international seafaring. Occupational Medicine (Oxford, England), 56(6), 393-7.
Jensen OC, et al. Working Conditions in International Seafaring. Occup Med (Lond). 2006;56(6):393-7. PubMed PMID: 16804089.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Working conditions in international seafaring. AU - Jensen,Olaf C, AU - Sørensen,Jens F L, AU - Thomas,Michelle, AU - Canals,M Luisa, AU - Nikolic,Nebojsa, AU - Hu,Yunping, Y1 - 2006/06/27/ PY - 2006/6/29/pubmed PY - 2007/8/24/medline PY - 2006/6/29/entrez SP - 393 EP - 7 JF - Occupational medicine (Oxford, England) JO - Occup Med (Lond) VL - 56 IS - 6 N2 - BACKGROUND: Seafaring is a global profession and seafarers have their second home on board and live there for several months at a time. AIM: To assess self-rated health status and the main characteristics of seafarers' working conditions. METHODS: Questionnaire study concerning the most recent tour of duty. RESULTS: A total of 6,461 seafarers in 11 countries responded. In general, the seafarers' self-rated health was good, but it declined significantly with age. Seafarers from South-East Asian countries spent longer time periods at sea, and had lower numbers of officers and older seafarers than found among seafarers from western countries. Most seafarers worked every day of the week, and on average for 67-70 h a week during periods of 2.5-8.5 months at sea. CONCLUSIONS: Seafarers' self-rated health was generally good but varied significantly by country. Working conditions also differed by country but did not reflect working conditions in general. Further studies are necessary to describe more closely the influence of work schedules on the health and social life of seafarers. SN - 0962-7480 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16804089/Working_conditions_in_international_seafaring_ L2 - https://academic.oup.com/occmed/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/occmed/kql038 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -