Fatigue can be best described as mental and or physical exhaustion that prevents an individual from being able to function normally. It is more than just feeling tired or drowsy, and can have serious impacts on a person’s ability to perform work tasks safely.
Effects of fatigue include a progressive decrease in performance and productivity, resulting in an increase in the potential for incidents and injuries to occur.
How to Reduce Physical and Mental Fatigue in your workplace
The first step in preventing fatigue-related incidents in the workplace is identifying factors that contribute to them. There are numerous factors that contribute to fatigue, these include:
- Inadequate rest breaks when completing physically demanding activities;
- Spending long periods of time awake;
- An inadequate amount or quality of sleep over an extended period;
- Emotional issues and mental illness;
- Disruption of body clock (travel between time zones)
Fatigue management is a responsibility that must be shared between employer and the individual worker. It involves factors that occur both within and outside of the workplace.
KINNECT can support you in identifying and managing fatigue related issues within your organisation, working with you to:
- Identify fatigue related hazards;
- Assess fatigue related risks;
- Determine control measures to prevent or minimize associated risks;
- Implement control measures (including training);
- Monitoring and reviewing the effectiveness of implemented control measures.
Fatigue Management Program
KINNECT have experienced clinicians with a successful track record of developing and implementing fatigue management strategies and programs in the following areas:
- Fatigue management for commercial drivers
- Fatigue management for miners
- Fatigue management for truck drivers
- Fatigue management for night shift workers
- Fatigue management for shift workers
- Plus many other industries