What is fatigue? Fatigue can be simply define as a Physiological state characterized by diminished physical and/or mental responses to the demands of an activity.
The degree to which fatigue impacts personnel depends, to a large extent, on the structure of the shift length and cycle, the nature of the work environment, commuting, sleeping arrangements in the home or at site accommodation and the lifestyle of the individual.
Managers/Supervisors are responsible for assessing the fitness for work of individuals under their control, at the start of and throughout the work period. Supervisors are responsible for taking prompt and appropriate action whenever they believe an individual is not capable of working in a safe manner.
- Isolating the individual from the workplace and any potential hazards;
- Ensuring that affected individuals return safely to their accommodation / residence
- Documenting all occasions when an individual is not fit for work or when performance is affected or unsatisfactory due to fatigue; and
- Providing effective feedback to personnel concerning their performance or safety.
- Assisting the individuals need to access support and assistance such as the Employee Family Assistance Program.
- Personnel must present themselves at work in a condition in which they are able to carry out their duties without risk to themselves or others. This includes ensuring that they are not in an unfit state for any reason including the adverse effects of fatigue and stress. Personnel are expected to pay particular attention to obtaining adequate sleep prior to the start of their shift.
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