The importance of fatigue risk management to ensuring safety in a high risk environment

The importance of fatigue risk management to ensuring safety in a high risk environment

12 May 2017, 12:00 PM - 12:40 PM

Safety & Risk Solutions Theatre

English (Australia)

Business competitiveness in a global arena demands more from everyone – the pressure is on profitability. This drive towards continued profitability is often directly proportional to using less people, working longer hours, challenging shift cycles, using more sophisticated tools, machinery , equipment and processes, which often results in more stress both mentally and physically.  Physical and mental exertion can also mount outside the workplace in our personal lives.

Research has proven that the most effective way to deal with these stressors are adequate exercise and proper sleep. Both of these however require time – a commodity which we are all sacrificing to reach both personal and business goals. Continued sleep restriction, for whatever reason, causes fatigue in the workplace – a condition that employers are often not aware of. This in turn, decreases the ability of employees to focus, concentrate and stay awake! A massive safety and business risk. 

This is especially true in high risk industries, where the occupation or tasks at work are demanding and require high levels of vigilance such as operating potentially dangerous equipment or plant or working in a hazardous environment. Errors and mistakes are bound to happen, a fact recognised in the research of James Reason, summarised in his well-known ‘’human error model’’. 

One challenge is that most strategies and actions to date have been primarily focused on awareness training with little done towards prevention, pro-actively.  

This session will explore fatigue risk management strategies that cover the full cycle of preventative fatigue risk management processes as a safety and business risk.  These unique processes, tools, and systems can enable organizations to develop, monitor, track and implement fatigue management for every employee in the business, pro-actively before entering the workplace, as well as in workplace management and enable intervention before employees enter the workplace – using real time measurement tools.


  • Dr Linda Schachter


    Medical Director

    Sleep Services Australia

    Dr Linda Schachter, Medical Director of Sleep Services Australia, has been a sleep and respiratory specialist for 16 years with an interest in the...

  • Dr Juan Mulder


    Consultant Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Physician

    Sleep Services Australia

    Dr Juan Mulder is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians specialising in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine. He graduated from the...

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