Nutra-Ergonomics: Influence of nutrition on physical employment standards and the health of workers

Shearer, Jane, Graham, Terry E. and Skinner, Tina L. (2016) Nutra-Ergonomics: Influence of nutrition on physical employment standards and the health of workers. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, 41 6: S165-S174. doi:10.1139/apnm-2015-0531

Author Shearer, Jane
Graham, Terry E.
Skinner, Tina L.
Title Nutra-Ergonomics: Influence of nutrition on physical employment standards and the health of workers
Journal name Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1715-5312
Publication date 2016-06-09
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1139/apnm-2015-0531
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 41
Issue 6
Start page S165
End page S174
Total pages 10
Place of publication Ottawa, Canada
Publisher N R C Research Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The importance of ergonomics across several scientific domains, including biomechanics, psychology, sociology, and physiology, have been extensively explored. However, the role of other factors that may influence the health and productivity of workers, such as nutrition, is generally overlooked. Nutra-ergonomics describes the interface between workers, their work environment, and performance in relation to their nutritional status. It considers nutrition to be an integral part of a safe and productive workplace that encompasses physical and mental health as well as the long-term wellbeing of workers. This review explores the knowledge, awareness, and common practices of nutrition, hydration, stimulants, and fortified product use employed prior to physical employment standards testing and within the workplace. The influence of these nutra-ergonomic strategies on physical employment standards, worker safety, and performance will be examined. Further, the roles, responsibilities, and implications for the applicant, worker, and the employer will be discussed within the context of nutra-ergonomics, with reference to the provision and sustainability of an environment conducive to optimize worker health and wellbeing. Beyond physical employment standards, workplace productivity, and performance, the influence of extended or chronic desynchronization (irregular or shift work) in the work schedule on metabolism and long-term health, including risk of developing chronic and complex diseases, is discussed. Finally, practical nutra-ergonomic strategies and recommendations for the applicant, worker, and employer alike will be provided to enhance the short- and long-term safety, performance, health, and wellbeing of workers.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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