Signs of Fatigue

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Management has a duty to assess the physical and cognitive signs of fatigue amongst the workforce. If management believes a person is displaying signs of fatigue, it is important to address this problem quickly.

To monitor the signs of fatigue, management could:

  • Supply wearable technologies such as wristbands and helmets. These technologies can help monitor signs of exhaustion and be used to warn people if they are reaching high levels of fatigue.
  • Encourage the download of smartphone applications which track sleeping patterns to help workers monitor their own fatigue levels.
  • Install telematic systems in vehicles, plant and mobile machinery to detect signs of fatigue, including erratic steering and braking.
  • Do not allow an individual to commence work or continue working if you believe they are fatigued to such an extent that their condition may prejudice their safety or the safety of others.