Fatigue Management General Awareness Training Online
Fatigue is a technical term for feeling tired, drowsy or sleepy. Fatigue and falling asleep are serious safety risks particularly in workplace settings. The relationship between fatigue and workplace accidents is well supported and documented in various government and organisational investigations.
This course educates participants about what causes fatigue, how to identify the potential risks of fatigue, and strategies they can use to help reduce the effects of fatigue, both at home and at work.
The course can be contextualised to your organisations requirements, policies and procedures around managing staff fatigue in and out of the workplace.
Successful completion of this training course, participants will be able to understand:
The basics of sleep;
The concepts of the body clock, sleep cycles and sleep debt;
What the main causes of fatigue are;
What the warning signs and high risk times for fatigue are;
The health effects of fatigue;
Risk and safety management strategies around fatigue;
Strategies to reduce fatigue including diet and exercise;
Fatigue and commuting including the dangers of mobile phone distractions;
Shift working / rosters.
Sleep, or lack of it, is the major contributing factor in fatigue. In this module you will learn what you need to know about the science of sleep and the effects of not getting enough sleep. You’ll learn about why we sleep, how our body clock determines when we want to sleep, and about our sleep cycles. Finally, you will understand about sleep debt and how it affects your health.
Sleep is one of the three major contributors to your health, along with cardiovascular fitness and nutrition. In fact, it is well documented that lack of sleep is associated with more frequent illness and poorer long term health.
Alertness, Memory and Coordination are all vital functions which are linked to the amount of sleep we get each day. Sleeping also helps the body repair from stress, injury and illness.
Our body’s natural rhythms are repeated approximately every 24 hours. They are called circadian rhythms or the internal body clock. This body clock affects your sleeping patterns, body temperature, digestion and hormone levels along with many other functions of the human body.
High levels of fatigue not only can reduce your performance and productivity at work. It can also put you at risk for accidents and injuries.
Fatigue affects your ability to think clearly, obviously vital when making safety related decisions. In fact, when you are fatigued, you may not even be aware that you are functioning at a lower level.
There are 3 main causes of fatigue. The main cause is not getting enough sleep. Irregular work patterns also cause fatigue, because they can prevent us from getting good quality sleep. Finally, our own daily body clock, or circadian rhythm, dictates periods of fatigue each day.
When highly fatigued, a person may experience micro sleeps. A micro sleep is a brief nap that lasts approximately 3-5 seconds. People who suffer from micro sleeps are not always aware when a sleep occurs and this can have a significant impact upon safety.
If your work schedule causes you to adopt an irregular sleeping schedule, you are more likely to experience fatigue, even if you think you are getting enough hours of sleep. The quality of your sleep is important, and maintaining a consistent routine helps you get good restorative sleep.
Staying awake and working for prolonged periods can seriously impair your judgement and coordination.
Consider this: Being awake and working for 17 hours is equivalent to having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .05% -- the legal definition of impairment in Australia.
Stay awake and working for 23 hours and your blood alcohol concentration rises to a staggering .1% .
The lesson: Don’t drive fatigued. You should be especially mindful if you work shifts and drive to and from work.
The consequences of fatigue can therefore be fatal. A misjudgement or slowed reaction time whilst using heavy equipment, vehicles or performing a critical task can lead to a catastrophic accident. Government statistics show that some 70% of accidents are caused, at least in part, by fatigue. And, now that you've learned about our natural circadian rhythms, it won't surprise you that these accidents are most likely to occur in the early hours of the morning.
Run time about 60 minutes.