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

This article reports on a study undertaken to examine barriers to improving the occupational health status of Australian train drivers. The authors conducted five, semi-structured qualitative focus groups in 2015 with 29 train drivers from South Australian, Victorian, and New South Wales-based rail organizations in Australia. The focus groups explored how occupational health was affected by multiple barriers, including sleep (patterns/fatigue), diet (planning/context), mental health (occupational stress), rostering (low autonomy), sedentary time, low fitness motivation, and family/social life conflicts. Barriers associated with workplace administration and organization included communication issues, low organizational support, and existing social norms. Barriers specific to the job requirements included rostering, fatigue, stimulant reliance, and family/social life imbalances. Barriers under control of the train drivers (self-regulatory) included dietary and exercise patterns habits and patterns. The authors conclude that any occupational health interventions designed to assist Australian train drivers must address these different types of barriers to healthier lifestyle behaviors.


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  • Accession Number: 01677821
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 16 2018 3:41PM