The attitude to the special clothes of shift workers in the Far North

Lead Author Elena, Pulina
Institution Contact Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov, Arkhangelsk, Russia
Co-Authors Natalia Simonova, Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov, Arkhangelsk, Russia
Theme Theme 4: Building Long-term Human Capacity
Session Name 4.5 Work and workers in the Arctic
Presentation Type Poster
Abstract text The work in the Far North is a very specific type of the professional activity. Specificity is determined by conditions and factors which act on the specialist in the implementation of his professional duties. There is a contradiction between the objective need for use the special clothes in the extreme conditions of activities' performance and specialists’ attitudes to it when they are working in the Far North.
The special clothes are necessary condition of health keeping and personnel' efficiency which work in the Far North. However, functional qualities of the special clothes not always correspond to the peculiarities and requirements of professional activity (protective properties, convenience, durability, etc.). Therefore clarification of the attitude to the special clothes and its using is very actual problem. Its solution will allow increasing satisfaction with the quality, properties and characteristics of the special clothes and as a result to optimize of the functional state, to keep health and efficiency of workers.
In the course of the empirical research is planned to find out various aspects of the attitude of workers in the Far North to the special clothes.The qualitative methods will be used for this purpose. A pilot research will be carried out in March 2016. It is the first stage. The 60 shift specialists from the Verkhotina diamond field will take part in it. The Verkhotina diamond field is in Mezensky district of the Arkhangelsk region. The research is based on methods of questionnaires (a specially designed questionnaire and a standardized interview), which will help to find out what characteristics are most oriented specialists who work in the Far North. These empirical findings will be the basis for the development of tools which will be offered to specialists who work in the Far North at the second stage of the investigation.