办公室工作空间的代表性图象。照片：David Mark / Pixabay
Maria Neira, director of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health at the WHO, said that “working 55 hours or more per week is a serious health hazard,” and that “it’s time that we all, governments, employers, and employees wake up to the fact that long working hours can lead to premature death”. The study recommends governments, employers and employees take action to protect workers’ health and it had a range of recommendations. They include governments introducing and enforcing laws and regulations banning mandatory overtime and ensuring maximum working hour limits. Bipartite or collective bargaining agreements between employers and employees should also be arranged where maximum working hours are agreed while sharing hours between employees could also ensure workers do not go above the 55-hour threshold.