Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS)

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An Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS) is a formal procedure which allows fatigue to be managed like any other workplace hazard. It draws together protective and preventative measures to manage the risks posed by fatigue and prevent fatigue-related errors from developing into more serious accidents and injuries.

The stages of an FRMS should include:

  • Collecting information on employee’s working hours and schedules to assess the level of risk associated with them. This involves conducting an assessment that takes into account the hazards associated with fatigue.
  • Identifying factors which may contribute to fatigue to establish how likely worker fatigue is and the potential risks of working whilst fatigued.
  • Implementing control measures to reduce fatigue. Such controls might include shorter shifts, fewer consecutive shifts, additional breaks and reduced workloads.
  • Regularly reviewing and assessing the adequacy of control measures in reducing fatigue and establishing how effective these measures are in preventing fatigue.