Whether you consider yourself successful or suffering, don’t believe the myths that are often offered to explain shiftworker success or suffering. It is not because you’re tough or not tough enough or that you’re not trying hard enough or that shiftwork is just always difficult.Read More
‘Fatigue management’ is an important concern for workplace safety.
But an article by someone considered to be an expert on the subject has once again convinced me that we are not getting ‘fatigue management’ right.
And there are consequences. By not getting fatigue management right workplaces are developing ‘fatigue management’ programs which are not effective and may even be missing the mark in terms of preventing accidents and injuries.Read More
As a manager, you may not be able to control every aspect of the shiftwork workplace, but if you can implement even one or two strategies to reduce employee sleepiness and fatigue you will reduce the need to deal with other issues like absenteeism, turnover and increased health and benefit costs.Read More
I was once a member of a choir that occasionally undertook international concert tours. I have many wonderful memories of travelling and performing with 75 of my best musicalfriends.We visiteda host of countries I might not have otherwise seen and we sang in some of the most architecturally and acoustically acclaimed venues you could imagine. […]Read More
You Said What? How Fatigue-Induced Melt-Downs Ruin Relationships I have written previously about being a member of a choir on extended concert tours and the fatigue that I experienced on those tours. In spite of being fatigued, we could perform effectively because we were very well rehearsed and we did not need to deal with […]Read More
When we think of the health, safety and well-being of nurses, the first thing that usually comes to mind is 12-hour shifts. When I do presentations about shiftwork, the first question I am always asked is “What do you think of 12-hour shifts?” A recent social media post picked up on this exact issue by […]Read More
Once again we hear of an accident involving a sleep-deprived driver and the resulting injuries, damage and loss of life. (Walmart truck driver slams into van in New Jersey carrying Tracy Morgan and others.) Unfortunately, accidents involving sleepy drivers are common, whether the drivers are operating 18-wheel trucks or family sedans. In fact, New Jersey […]Read More
Present, But Not Awake: Sleep Deprivation and its Workplace Consequences According to the National Sleep Foundation, 38.5% of us go to work feeling exhausted every day. As well, employee health assessments indicate that as many as 70% of employees report that they ‘don’t get enough sleep’ or are ‘often tired at work.’ “How often during […]Read More
In a recent case, an employee in a safety-sensitive position was fired because he was found to be impaired by alcohol. This employee went off the highway on his way to work. The attending police officer smelled alcohol and the employee gave a breath sample that measured .045. In the Canadian jurisdiction in which this […]Read More