Tackling Worker Fatigue

Tackling Worker Fatigue

One of the things that workers and managers take for granted, is the issue of worker fatigue.  This can be caused by shift work, high concentration work or maybe there is a new baby at home.

Whatever the reason, worker fatigue must be dealt with, otherwise accidents can happen.

Think about Three Mile Island or the Herald of Free Enterprise.  Worker fatigue was a major contributory factor to these disasters.

Managers Duties and Worker Fatigue

Managers need to think about the effect the work is having on workers general health and even if there are issues outside of work.  Review your risk assessments and run wellbeing programmes that focus on losing weight and keeping fit.  Both of which will help on cutting down on tiredness.

Maybe have posters and leaflets about the importance of sleep and, of course, if there is night work.

Employers have duties under the Working Time Regulations[1] to offer a health assessment to those who work at night – the employee is not obliged to accept the offer or even to fill in a health questionnaire form but employers must offer.

[1]http://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/faqs/workingtimedirective.htm

I wrote an article for the Occupational Health Magazine on how my fatigue affected my night shift work over Christmas and New Year way back in 1975 – Read it here:

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