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Re: 365x24x7
From: Alex Brooks <askoorb+nanog () gmail com>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2011 15:27:32 +0100

On Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 2:14 PM, harbor235 <harbor235 () gmail com> wrote:
If I were going to provide a 365x24x7 NOC, how many teams of personnel do I
need
to fully cover operations? I assume minimally you need 3 teams to cover the
required
24 hr coverage, but there is off time and schedule rotation?

Well, if you feel like being "nice" to your employees, or want to stop
them from making mistakes a few months/years in to shift work, (or if
you're having to set something up abroad), the Working Time Directive
can be a useful guideline.

(Full details at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Working_Time_Directive
and http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/layer?topicId=1073858926
if you're board, ignore the silly bits)

But basically, in general, workers aged 18 and over are entitled to:

- work no more than six days out of every seven, or 12 out of every 14
- take a 20-minute break if their shift lasts for more than six hours
- work a maximum 48-hour average week

And in general, night workers:

- should not work more than an average of eight hours in a 24-hour
period, averaged over a reference period of 17 weeks

If you're an employer, be glad you're in North America :-)

HTH,

Alex


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