Everybody experiences days where they feel tired at work. Perhaps you never had a great sleep the night before or your work tasks are quite repetitive. Maybe your job requires shift work and you’re switching from days to nights. Whatever the reason, all workplaces need to identify that worker fatigue is a workplace hazard and can have serious and life-altering consequences.
Fatigue is the state of feeling very tired, weary or sleepy resulting from insufficient sleep, prolonged mental or physical work, or extended periods of stress or anxiety.
Research has shown that 18 hours without sleep is equivalent to a blood alcohol content of 0.05%. *
Tips for Employers
- Establish formalized strategies for fatigue mitigation on the job (such as job rotation, work schedules)
- Prevent poor lighting and extreme temperatures where possible
- Train employees how to recognize signs of fatigue
- Formalize and encourage regularly scheduled breaks
Tips for Workers
- Recognize signs of fatigue
- Report any fatigue-related occurrences or near misses to help prevent injuries
- Try to take regular movement breaks during your shift
- Use mental health supports (such as an Employee Assistance Program)
- Do not work if your fatigue threatens the safety of yourself or others
There is no one solution to suit everyone’s needs. By identifying fatigue and taking proactive measures before it becomes an issue, you can help ensure a safe and productive workplace.
Work safe. Home safe. Every day.
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