Fatigue is more than feeling tired and drowsy. Work fatigue is mental or physical exhaustion that reduces a person’s ability to work safely and effectively. It's critical to understand what contributes to fatigue in an industrial setting.
Fatigue can affect everyone at work but work-related risks include:
- Tasks that are repetitive, complex, boring, or require sustained mental or physical effort
- Environmental factors such as heating, lighting, and noise
- Schedules, including irregular hours, extended shifts, night shifts, and overtime.
Fatigue contributes to workplace incidents in many ways:
- Reduced reaction time
- Impaired decision-making
- Impacts on memory and recall
- Communication challenges
Actions to take:
- Identify hazards in your workplace that could contribute to fatigue OR where fatigue will increase the risk to the worker
- Control the hazard to minimize the risks