An employer has a legal obligation to provide a workplace free of harm and injury to its workers. This includes management and prevention of fatigue.
Fatigue results from insufficient sleep over a period of time. People working in a fatigued state place themselves and others at risk, especially when operating heavy machinery (including driving vehicles), performing critical tasks that require high levels of concentration, and where consequence of error may result in a life threatening or costly accident. Fatigue management is especially important in shift work and 24 hour occupations such as transport operation, medicine and mining. An estimated 15-17% of the westernised workforce is involved in shift work.
At Sleep WA, we partner with corporate and industrial leaders to design cost effective fatigue management programs. These programs screen and treat high risk employees for sleep disorders, particularly obstructive sleep apnoea and shift work disorders. With proper screening and treatment, risks associated with worker fatigue are significantly reduced and productivity is increased.