This course is applicable to any company or worker who would like to educate themselves on the effects of fatigue in the workplace and how to manage them.
This course has been designed to meet and exceed Occupational Health and Safety Guidelines.
Fatigue levels are not easily measured or quantified; therefore, it is difficult to isolate the effect of fatigue on accident and injury rates.
Some research studies have shown that when workers have slept for less than 5 hours before work or when workers have been awake for more than 16 hours, their chance of making mistakes at work due to fatigue are significantly increased.
Research has shown that the number of hours awake can be similar to blood alcohol levels. WorkSafeBC reports the following:
17 hours awake is equivalent to a blood alcohol content of 0.05
21 hours awake is equivalent to a blood alcohol content of 0.08 (legal limit in Canada)
24-25 hours awake is equivalent to a blood alcohol content of .10
Fatigue is regarded as having an impact on work performance. Alberta Human Resources and Employment* reports that most accidents occur when people are more likely to want sleep - between midnight and 6 am, and between 1-3 pm. And, indeed, sleep deficit has been linked to large scale events such as the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the nuclear accident at Chernobyl.
*From: Alberta Human Resources and Employment. Fatigue, Extended Work Hours, and Safety in the Workplace in Workplace Health and Safety, June 2004, Re-formatted August 2010
This comprehensive 2 hour Fatigue Management Course provides information on worker fatigue and how it affects your workplace.
- Monitor potential causes of fatigue
- Identify personal warning signs of fatigue
- Make positive lifestyle choices
- Effective practices for combatting fatigue