Winnipeg, MB, Canada (PRWEB) March 6, 2007
Sunnex Biotechnologies is collaborating with the Norwegian Shipping Health Service (Norsk Rederihelsetjeneste) and the Norwegian shipping company Eidesvik Offshore to adapt for the European shipping industry the fatigue management program for commercial vessels developed by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Crew Endurance Management System (CEMS) was developed by the USCG R&D Center using the patented low-intensity GreenLight technology from Sunnex Biotechnologies to realign night shift workers' body clocks with their sleep and work schedules, thereby improving performance and well-being. After years of laboratory trials and studies with the GreenLIGHT System on operational Coast Guard cutters and commercial vessels, U.S. maritime companies are currently implementing CEMS protocols on commercial vessels operating on inland and coastal waterways of the U.S. with support from the USCG and the American Waterways Operators (AWO).
CEMS is a night work adaptation program that utilizes education, nutrition, exercise, modification of sleep environments, scheduling of shifts, as well as light management to combat the health and performance problems inherent in 24/7 operations. Misalignment of night shift workers' body clocks with their sleep and activity patterns has been shown to be at the root of deterioration in performance and judgement on the night shift. Misaligned sleep patterns are known to contribute to increased levels of health problems among night workers, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Adjusting the body clock of night shift workers through light management technology can rapidly align the internal body clock of workers with their night work schedule so that they do not continue to work and sleep contrary to their internal day/night cycles. The low intensity GreenLIGHT system is well suited to this purpose because of its adaptability to any work environment, as well as its comfort and safety.
Knut Omdal MD, CEO of Norsk Rederihelsetjeneste, is leading the program to adapt the USCG's CEMS program to the needs of the European shipping industry. From May 10 through May 14 2006 Dr. Omdal met with CEMS Experts, Captain Michael Sanders and Jo Ann Salyers to receive training and be certified as a coach in the CEMS program. In the fall of 2006 the program was implemented on board the Viking Avant, a Platform Supply Vessel (PSV). This first European implementation of a CEMS-like program emphasized changes to the shift scheduling of the night shift as well a light management program utilizing Sunnex Biotechnologies' GreenLIGHT fixtures. According to Dr. Omdal "The experiences on board so far have been very positive. The message back from the crew underlines that they consider that they have obtained much better working and living conditions on board."
Sunnex Biotechnologies originally developed the basis of GreenLIGHT low intensity light technology as a safe and comfortable alternative to the "bright light" therapy lamps used for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Sunnex Biotechnologies lighting provides the equivalent effect as 10,000 lux of bright light without exposing the user to the risk of retinal damage inherent in the use of bright or blue light therapy devices. The Sunnex Biotechnologies Lo-LIGHT has been used successfully to treat SAD for over ten years. Recent studies published in the Journal for Clinical Psychiatry and Archives of General Psychiatry have found the patented low-intensity green light technology used in the GreenLIGHT System and the Lo-LIGHT to be effective for the treatment of major depression and bipolar depression. For more information on the use of Sunnex Biotechnologies LO-LIGHT in treating sleep and mood disorders please visit http://www.sunnexbiotech.com.
Sunnex Biotechnologies is a leader in light therapy technology for the treatment of depression and sleep disorders as well as to combat the health and performance problems associated with working at night. Sunnex Biotechnologies uses a patented low intensity technology that provides the equivalent effect as 10,000 lux of bright light, but is comfortable and adaptable to any work environment and does not expose the user to the risk of retinal damage inherent in the use of bright or blue light therapy devices.
Harald L. Hansen
Suite 657, 167 Lombard Ave. Winnipeg, MB Canada R3B0V3
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