Fatigue Risk Management

In order to adequately risk manage fatigue related hazards, rosters / schedules, 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 and ‘risk based’ these fatigue controls will need to 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.
Little consideration for everyday aspects of fatigue such as returning from leave and sleep apnoea. Drivers returning from leave or suffering from sleep apnoea are identified and managed.

  • Do not rely on legislative compliance for adequate risk management of fatigue.
  • Rosters / schedules for drivers should maximise the opportunity for night-time sleep at home for drivers.
  • Ensure that hours of work (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. This may require a comprehensive Risk-based Integrated Fatigue Management program (RIFM).
  • 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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