SIPTU has called on the Government to commission and fund research on the health risks associated with shift work. SIPTU Health and Safety Advisor, Sylvester Cronin, said: “There is growing evidence from international research that erratic work schedules can lead to serious health issues for workers. Rotating shifts are the cause of greatest concern, with women on long-term shift work being particularly affected". He added: “We have very good research facilities in this country but we are very poor at doing studies into workplace health and safety. As much of the health costs for treating illness falls on the State it would be worthwhile for the Government to fund baldy needed research into the health impact of shift work in Ireland. “This research could also be utilised by the Health and Safety Authority when conducing inspections to assist employers to carry out an assessment of the increased health risks to staff where they operate shift work schedules".