You may be asking yourself, “Why do I need to know about fatigue at work, at play or at home? Everyone gets tired at work sometimes – is that a big deal? Have you ever fallen asleep at work?
Well, the answer is simple. Fatigue is much more than just an everyday occurrence – it can be a Health and Safety hazard. At Pipeworx, we recognize that fatigue can adversely affect job performance, the work environment, and the safety of our staff. Not only we recognized that but we are also committed to protecting the health and safety of all individuals affected by all the company’s activities.
A question is asked, what is fatigue?
Fatigue can be defined in several ways but, basically, it is:
- A feeling of weariness, tiredness, or exhaustion.
- A progressive decline in alertness and performance that eventually results in sleep.
- The body’s message to rest. Etc.
Do you actually know what the main cause of fatigue is?
If your answer is, “Not getting enough sleep” you are absolutely right! Studies have shown that sleep deprivation (often self-imposed) is the most common cause of fatigue.
Fatigue is more than lack of sleep. Fatigue can also be caused by physical or mental exertion. As a matter of fact, there are many personal and work-related factors that influence fatigue, including health, lifestyle choices, stress, and working shifts and/or overtime work.
The main cause of fatigue according to the research is sleep deprivation. We shall take a good look at this main cause of fatigue which is sleep deprivation in our next Safety Flash.
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