Fatigue Controls

In order to adequately risk manage fatigue related hazards, fatigue monitoring and training programs need to address both ‘work related’ and ‘away from work’ fatigue issues.

The greater the fatigue exposure in your operations, the more comprehensive these fatigue controls should be.

Negative Positive
Only reactive fatigue controls established that typically follow legislative compliance or major loss. Proactive fatigue controls are established in advance of legislative compliance or major loss.
Lacking or poor systems established for either continuously or periodically monitoring fatigue in drivers. Fatigue training programs are formally established and applied consistently across all operations of the organisation.
Very little training / information on fatigue provided for drivers. Fatigue monitoring systems are established and applied consistently across all operations of the organisation.

  • Do not rely on legislative compliance for adequate risk management of fatigue.
  • Ensure that a clear and concise fatigue risk management policy is established and communicated to all new employees (drivers) at commencement.
  • Ensure that hours of work (not just driving) are reviewed at least periodically (less frequently for reduced fatigue exposures and more frequently for increased fatigue exposures) and include analysis / awareness of individual daily and weekly work / rest periods with trigger points established for increased controls at maximum acceptable work durations (e.g. more breaks or simpler tasks at extended hours). Consideration should also be given to away from work / quality of sleep aspects.
  • Fatigue training programs should be provided (especially for increased exposure drivers) that suitably cover time of day, duration of work, sleep quality, health, diet, social rhythms, etc – they should not merely focus on the work aspects of fatigue.

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