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Working and health conditions of Italian air traffic controllers.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
International journal of occupational safety and ergonomics : JOSE
Publication Date
Volume
6
Issue
3
Pages
365–382
Identifiers
PMID: 11082551
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The paper summarises some studies carried out in recent years on Italian air traffic controllers. Work stress appeared related mainly to mental charge, aggravated by time pressure and high responsibility. Shiftwork was not considered highly stressful, thanks to the good shift schedules adopted. The disorders most frequently complained of had a prevalent psychosomatic component, concerning the digestive, neuropsychic, and cardiovascular systems. However, their prevalence was lower than, or similar to, that recorded in general population. The controllers engaged in regional centres showed slightly worse health conditions than those engaged in airport towers; the same was found in the radar controllers compared to those working in non-radar positions.

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