Why it’s important?
Fatigue Management is no longer just associated with heavy vehicles and shift work. Managing fatigue is a shared responsibility between the employer and the worker, as it also involves outside of work influences. The WHS act requires utilisation of the risk management process and as an administrative control, policy and procedure and training programs will assist with bringing a
More than half of Australian workers don’t get enough sleep
56% of the employees get less than seven hours sleep per night with 22% reporting feeling un-refreshed or exhausted during work, putting them at increased risk of road and work accidents. Of that group 15% believed that they may have a sleeping disorder. The average adult should have between seven and nine hours of good quality sleep
48 % of employees reported that they are constantly tired
48% of people say that on a daily basis they are tired, feeling that it is difficult to concentrate for any extended periods and that as a result of feeling tired they can struggle to maintain emotionally controlled and that they also find it difficult not lose their ability to communicate with other workers in a constructive way
How we improve it?
Policy and Procedure
As part of the risk management process a robust policy and procedure will help in minimizing risks associated with fatigue and give clear guidelines for workers and supervisors as to how the process is managed.
Sleep habit seminars
No FUSS Sound Sleep seminar focuses on educating workers on the importance of sleep, managing fatigue and circadian rhythms, negative effects of alcohol on sleep, and how to create a healthy sleep routine. The seminar concludes with a practical workshop undertaking progressive muscle relation and meditation techniques that can be used as part of a healthy sleep routine.
Add in a supervisor component to give your leaders an insight into identifying sleepy or fatigued employees and how to manage it.
Sleep disorder screening 1-per year, per person
In Australia, its estimated that 10-20% of the adult population have a sleep disorder that requires treatment. Preliminary screening for sleeps disorders involves a series of scored questions that are used internationally by sleep clinics, research groups and sleep physicians. Anthropometric measurements are also included to further validate screening results. If a workers’ score shows and increased likelihood of a sleep disorder, they are referred to a sleep physician for further care.
Referral to sleep specialist for those with sleep disorder
Workers shown to have an increased likelihood of a sleep disorder are referred to a sleep specialist for specialist testing, diagnosis and treatment.