It Comes with the Job: Work Organizational, Job Design, and Self-Regulatory Barriers to Improving the Health Status of Train Drivers

Anjum Naweed, Janine Chapman, Matthew Allan, Joshua L. Trigg

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Abstract

Objective: This study aimed to examine the impacts of key barriers to improving the occupational health status of Australian train drivers. Methods: From May to June, 2015, five semi-structured qualitative focus groups were conducted with 29 train drivers from South Australian, Victorian, and New South Wales-based rail organizations in Australia. Results: Occupational health was impeded by multiple barriers regarding sleep (patterns/fatigue), diet (planning/context), mental health (occupational stress), rostering (low autonomy), sedentary time, low fitness motivation, and family/social life conflicts. Work organizational barriers included communication issues, low organizational support, and existing social norms. Job design barriers included rostering, fatigue, stimulant reliance, and family/social life imbalances. Self-regulatory barriers included dietary and exercise patterns habits and patterns. Conclusions: Occupational health interventions for Australian train drivers must address work organizational, job design, and self-regulatory barriers to healthier lifestyle behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-273
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume59
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017

Keywords

  • Occupational stress
  • Train drivers
  • Job design
  • Health status

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