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Health, safety and bus drivers

Authors: Ross Owen Phillips, Torkel Bjørnskau
Report nr: 1279/2013
ISBN (digital version): 978-82-480-1462-1
Language: English
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A literature review shows that work-related health problems are prevalent in bus drivers. To structure investigations into whether this could be problematic for safety behaviour, a model is developed in which work stressors are linked to safety behaviour via a triad of “duty fitness” factors: psychophysiological stress response, sleep quantity/quality and health status. Analysis of survey responses in a sample of bus drivers in Norway with typical health outcomes, gives some support to this so-called Duty Fitness Model. Future research is recommended to perform a more robust test of the model, and act as a basis for longitudinal studies.


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