DuPont Schedule for 24/7 Shift Coverage

The DuPont schedule follows a 12-hour rotating shift pattern that uses 4 teams (crews) and 2 twelve-hour shifts to provide 24/7 coverage. During a 4-week cycle, each team works 4 consecutive night shifts, followed by 3 days off duty, works 3 consecutive day shifts, followed by 1 day off duty, works 3 consecutive night shifts, followed by 3 days off duty, works 4 consecutive day shift, then have 7 consecutive days off duty. Personnel works an average 42 hours per week.

DuPont schedule 12-hour rotating shift schedule example:

WeekMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
1NightNightNightNightOffOffOff
2DayDayDayOffNightNightNight
3OffOffOffDayDayDayDay
4OffOffOffOffOffOffOff
DuPont Shift Schedule

As shown above, each 4 week cycle comes with 7 consecutive days off. This DuPont schedule is very popular because employees have a long resting period, spending time with their families or doing recreational activities. But transition between the day oriented circadian physiology and the requirement for work and sleep at the “wrong” biological time of day may cause sleep loss, fatigue, and shift work disorder.

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Characteristics

Plan IDC4TR12-3
NameDuPont Shift Schedule
Applicability24/7 operations
Teams Required4
Shifts12-hr
Repeat Cycle28 days
RotationSlow rotation between day and night shifts
Average Hours per Week42
Staffing FluctuationBalanced from shift to shift and day to day
Pluses
  • 7-days off duty with a return on a night shift
Minuses
  • Must work 72 hours in one week every 4 weeks
  • Long shift length (12 hours)
  • Requires an average of 2 overtime hours per employee per week
Common UsageUsed in several manufacturing industries and police departments in the United States
Notes