Pipeworx Ltd. Considers his staff unfit for work if fatigue or other conditions result in, or could result in a reduced ability to perform work safely and effectively.
As you know, fatigue causes a progressive decline in alertness and performance that eventually leads to sleep. It may surprise you to learn, however, that fatigue can also be described as an “impairment”, similar to being drunk.
Studies have shown that the physical and mental effects of being awake for prolonged periods are similar to what you would experience if you had a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) over the legal driving limit. In other words, even one night of sleep deprivation can affect your alertness and performance so much that you might not be able to drive a vehicle safely.
As you have seen in the previous Safety Flash, Chronic and acute fatigue can really put your health and safety at risk. What can you do to mitigate this risk? What is your responsibility in managing fatigue? How can you help prevent fatigue-related incidents at Pipeworx?
The first and most important step is just recognizing you are tired. Identification is the first important step in fatigue management. Fatigue identification involves being able to identify the danger signs of fatigue. Falling asleep on the job is an obvious sign that a person is fatigued, but that usually happens only in extreme cases. Often, the signs are more subtle.
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