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Daylight Savings fatigue, be aware…

Reminder: Daylight Savings ends on March 13th at 2:00am.

 

Whether you are small or large company, all employers should reduce the risk of fatigue for their employees. A Fatigue Risk Management Program is intended to help companies increase employee awareness of fatigue and manage the associated risk factors to prevent or reduce fatigue related loss including injury, illness, productivity interruption, environmental or reputation.

Fatigue can lead to the following hazardous conditions, effects or behaviors:

 

  • ralli-at-work-1565847more mistakes than usual
  • poor logic and judgement including taking risks the worker would usually not take
  • decreased alertness and watchfulness
  • failure to respond to changes in surroundings or situations
  • slower reflexes and reactions
  • moodiness, e.g., giddy, depressed, irritable, impatient boredom, restlessness

Fatigue can affect workplace health, safety and performance in a variety of ways. The following factors can impact fatigue levels:

  • work scheduling
  • work task type and length
  • work and workplace conditions
  • worker health
  • worker stress
  • workplace health and safety culture
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Who is responsible for fatigue management in the workplace:

Employee responsibilities

• Arriving at work in a fit state to work the expected shift length.

• Reporting all incidents and accidents.

• Maintaining communication with work colleagues, supervisors, and management

• Being aware of fatigue and how to counter it in the workplace; for example, by getting adequate rest or sleep prior to work times.

 

Employer responsibilities

• Appropriate and safe work schedule design that allows for adequate recovery periods during the shift and between shifts.

• Appropriate and safe shift duration.

• Assessment, control, and monitoring of fatigue related hazards.

• Development of policies, procedures, and practices to manage risk related to fatigue.

• Providing information on workplace hazards, such as fatigue.

 

so-tired-1440121-72dpi Remember – if you are too tired to work safely, then stop what you’re doing.