Statistically, accident rates are higher during night shifts, and employees who work long or irregular hours are at greater risk of injury. With respect to regulations, there are no specific OSHA regulations or standards addressing employers' efforts to raise awareness on the risks of shift work. function changeFontSize(inc){ Shift work and fatigue Irregular hours of work and work patterns that include night and early morning shifts can lead to disruption of the internal body clock, sleeping difficulties and fatigue. Rest is a night time activity, work a daytime activity. More information on jobsite hazard analysis can be found at:, In addition, OSHA acknowledges that in many industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, construction, maritime, and emergency response operations, potential hazards to employees arise during night shifts. It is not practical or safe to wear some forms of protective equipment for extended periods. padding: 3px 15px 4px 15px; Response: With regard to employer training, OSHA does not train employers on hazards related to late night and extended unusual shifts. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require extra pay for night work. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the Office of General Industry and Agricultural Enforcement at (202) 693-1850. Police officers and firefighters, for example, often work rotat-ing shifts. OSHA Temperature Guidelines. An employer may only require or permit an employee to perform night work, if so agreed, and if— (a.) To assure that you are using the correct information and guidance, please consult OSHA's website at 10035 S. Western Ave. month. //