J Occup Environ Med. 2021 Aug 4. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000002347. Online ahead of print.
OBJECTIVE: To empirically assess retrospective reports of weight changes during bus operators’ first years on the job, and to investigate experienced and desired training topics for new operators.
METHODS: Bus operators (n = 261) completed an online survey on topics of early weight changes and training experiences.
RESULTS: Operators reported gaining an average of 7.64 lb (SD = 16.36) during their first year. Further weight gain was not reported during the second year. Most operators reported that health-related topics were not addressed during their initial training. Stress management and healthy eating were the operators’ two most desired topics to be included in their initial training.
CONCLUSION: Bus operators reported medically meaningful weight gain during their first year of work and a desire for more health-related training. Objective research to document the magnitude of this hazard, and contributing working conditions, is needed.
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