Fighting Workplace Fatigue – Safety Topic

Fighting Workplace Fatigue – Safety Topic

Construction-FatigueFatigue – The condition of being physically or mentally tired or exhausted. Extreme fatigue can lead to uncontrolled and involuntary shut down of the brain.

Fatigue can lead to critical and dangerous mistakes, death, liability and property damage. It impairs work performance and puts employees and others at increased risk for accidents, injuries and health problems. Other side effects can include depression and strain on personal relationships.

Ways to fight fatigue:

  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep before each work shift.
  • Try to sleep around the same time each day.
    • If sleeping during the day, find a cool, dark, quiet location.
  • Take all scheduled work breaks and include energizing snacks
    • Cheese and crackers
    • Yogurt
    • Baby carrots
    • Fresh Fruit
    • Celery sticks and peanut butter
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes, as they can all cause sleep disturbances
  • Work carefully and methodically. Always follow proper procedures.

Be Alert About Workplace Fatigue

It could begin with a yawn, irritability, loss of appetite, or giddiness, and its an endemic affecting all types of businesses. It’s fatigue, and according to a recent study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) nearly 40% of US workers experience it.

Think SAFE, Be SAFE, Work SAFE.