OGP report tackles workplace fatigue

Science demonstrates that fatigue can present increased safety risk to industries that involve safety-critical work. Common causes of this type of fatigue include working extended hours, night shifts and rotating shifts, which can have a negative impact on human performance.

Historically, this risk was largely managed by limiting the number of hours worked. However, hours-of-service limits by themselves are increasingly being seen as not sufficient in managing risk from fatigue, and there has been a move towards comprehensive fatigue risk management systems (FRMS) – a scientifically and risk-based approach to managing risk from fatigue.

A new OGP publication “Performance indicators for fatigue risk management systems” provides proposals for possible performance indicators that could be used to monitor the effectiveness of an FRMS.

It includes chapters on developing and structuring performance indicators for a fatigue risk management system, and details contributors to fatigue.

It lists the core components of an FRMS as:

  1. Roles and responsibilities
  2. Training and competence
  3. Risk assessment
  4. Risk reduction
  5. Health issues including the management of sleep disorders
  6. Incident investigation
  7. Monitoring and processes for the internal and external assesment of the FRMS

The guide can be downloaded here.

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