Fatigue management

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