Fatigue

Fatigue is more than feeling tired and drowsy. In a work context, fatigue is a state of mental and/or physical exhaustion which reduces a person’s ability to perform work safely and effectively.

Unfortunately workplace fatigue is a growing and persistent problem in all industries and sectors, contributing to increased work incidents, injuries, absenteeism, presenteeism and reducing the employee’s ability to function properly and productively at work.

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Recent Australian research conducted by the Sleep Health Foundation reveal very concerning Fatigue statistics with in Australia

Common signs of fatigue include:

  • inability to concentrate
  • slow reflexes/ reduced hand-eye coordination
  • impaired decision-making and judgement
  • blurry vision
  • chronic tiredness or sleepiness
  • low motivation.
  • moodiness, such as irritability
  • headaches/dizziness
  • poor memory

 

It is no wonder that fatigue can increase the likelihood of accidents and injuries. 

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Common control measures used to manage fatigue in the workplace have included options such as:

  • work scheduling
  • shift work and rosters
  • reviewing job demands
  • considering environmental conditions
  • implementing a workplace fatigue policy

 

But none of these controls can determine IF someone comes to work already fatigued. 

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