Fatigue is the term used to describe the feeling of weariness from bodily or mental exertion. Fatigue can be defined as feeling tired, drained or exhausted. Fatigue influences an individual’s physical, mental and emotional state. When feeling fatigued, we lose alertness, which is accompanied by poor judgment, slower reactions to events and decreased motor skills.
Shift Length and Schedule
- Shift length and design must take into account the inherent risks of fatigue, and take every practicable measure to not place personnel, including contractors, at unnecessary risk of fatigue
and/or sleep deprivation. Supervisors will ensure that work schedules are maintained in accordance with appropriate legislative requirements.
- It is important to note that exposure standards, such as exposure to noise, chemicals, fumes, etc., are based on working 8-hours per day and 40-hours per week. Where additional hours are worked these exposure standards must be adjusted to account for the increased period of exposure.
Type of Work
- Job rotation should be considered for repetitive or monotonous work and for work that involves heavy physical demand.
- Short periods of involuntary sleep (micro sleeps)
- Breaks should be scheduled appropriately for the type of work and the environmental conditions.
- Given the geographical coverage within Pipeworx, risk control strategies for commuting/driving between different worksites may need to be considered.
- Consideration should be given to:
- Start and finish times for all driving.
- The combination of travel time and office/site time in one day.
Training and Education
- Fatigue management awareness training shall be conducted to affected personnel to raise awareness of fitness for work issues including fatigue, and stress.
Extended Working Hours
- Provision must be made to cover extended working hours, such as weekend work, emergency or breakdown call-outs, and absences of scheduled personnel, without introducing an additional impact on fatigue.
Social and Lifestyle factors of personnel
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