Fatigue is defined as a lack of mental alertness, or drowsiness, arising from lack of sleep. It does not include effects of physical effort, exposure to heat, or stress, or other factors. A person experiencing fatigue is more likely to make mistakes and take risks and less able to respond to unusual or emergency events.

The oil and gas industry is diverse and has a number of unique characteristics that can contribute to fatigue – challenging work environments, fly-in fly-out operations, time zone changes, 24/7 operations, shift-work and transportation work. Given the inherent risks of upstream operations, fatigue is increasingly being recognised as a potential contributor to safety and other incidents.


How you can get involved

Training videos

Fatigue Info-sheets

Managing fatigue in the workplace guide

External resources

Spread the word

How you can get involved

  • Watch this short awareness video to learn the signs of fatigue and what you can do
  • Read our infographic poster, print and put it up on your office
  • Check-out the info-sheets on topics such driving, impact on performance, napping for more detailed information
  • Run a fatigue awareness campaign at your company – consult the most IOGP-IPIECA guidance and the accompanying tools
  • Share what you learn with your colleagues and family

Awareness video

Fatigue Info-Sheets


Driver sleepiness

Extended hours

Jet lag





Managing Fatigue in the Workplace - A guide for the oil and gas industry

This publication brings together and updates all the elements of the previous publications – Report 392 – Fatigue Management in the workplace, Report 488 – Performance indicators for fatigue risk management systems, Report 492 – Assessing risks from operator fatigue, and Report 536 – Fatigue in fly-in, fly-out operations – into one resource to help organisations to implement, monitor, and manage fatigue risk management systems.

Find out more

External resources

Other fatigue guides and references

  • Beyond the Midnight Oil external link
  • Minerals Council of Australia: Design, Fatigue and Sleep external link
  • Digging Deeper external link
  • NIOSH external link
  • Health and Safety Executive. The development of a fatigue/risk index for shiftworker (2013) s. RR446 external link
  • Health and Safety Executive. Human factors: fatigue.  Why is fatigue important? 2016 external link
  • Worksafe Tasmania, 2015, Fatigue Management. Available from external link
  • ACOEM Guidance Statement Fatigue Risk Management in the Workplace ACOEM Presidential Task Force on Fatigue Risk Management JOEM Volume 54, Number 2, February 2012. external link
  • Advisory Circular US Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration AC No 120-103A Fatigue Risk Management Systems for Aviation Safety. external link
  • Circadian White Paper Evolution of Fatigue Risk Management Systems: The “Tipping Point” of employee fatigue mitigation Martin Moore-Ede MD, PhD. external link
  • Gertler, J., Popkin, S., Nelson, D., O’Neil, K. Transportation Research Board for the Federal Transit Administration. Toolbox for Transit Operator Fatigue. TCRP Report 81. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2002. external link
  • Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations. London, UK: Stationery Office; 2006. external link
  • Federal Aviation Administration. Advisory Circular: Introduction to Safety Management Systems for Air Operators. AC No: 120-92; 2006. Available at: http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgAdvisoryCircular.nsf/0/6485143d5ec81aae8625719b0055c9e5/$FILE/AC%20120-92.pdf .
  • Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Safety Management Systems: Getting Started. Canberra, Australia: Civil Aviation Safety Authority; 2002 external link
  • Air Line Pilots Association, International. ALPA White Paper. Fatigue Risk Management Systems: Addressing Fatigue Within a Just Safety Culture. Washington, DC: Air Line Pilots Association, International; 2008. external link
  • UK HSSE link Managing Shiftwork HSG 256 ISBN 978 0 7176 6197 8 external link
  • Offshore working time in relation to performance, health and safety: A review of current practice and evidence. Prepared by the University of Oxford for the Health and Safety Executive (2010), external link
  • SUPREME COURT OF QUEENSLAND CITATION: Kerle v BM Alliance Coal Operations Pty Limited & Ors [2016] QSC 304 external link

More about sleep

References quoted in infographic

  • “Road Traffic Injuries,” December 8, 2018, World Health Organization, go to paper
  • “Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018,” World Health Organization, go to paper
  • “Wake Up and Drive: Fatigue Causes 20 Percent of Crashes,” June 5, 2013, EHS Today, go to paper
  • “Drowsy Driving is even more dangerous than you think,” February 8, 2018, Fortune, go to paper
  • “Moderate sleep impairment produces impairments in cognitive and motor performance equivalent to legally prescribed levels of alcohol intoxication,” October 2000, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, go to paper
  • “Drowsy Driving: Asleep at the Wheel,” November 7, 2018, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, go to paper
  • “Drowsy Driving is Impaired Driving,” National Safety Council, go to paper
  • “CMV Driving Tips – Driver Fatigue,” March 31, 2015, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, go to paper

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This fatigue page is a work of the IOGP Land Transportation Subcommittee and the IOGP-IPIECA Health Committee

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