Fatigue management study benefits widen

The aim of the study was to identify the extent of occupational fatigue and, if necessary, to provide recommendations to improve fatigue management and safety. The fatigue study took place over 12 months and was based on a large-scale coal seam gas pipeline construction project in Australia. Over 400 pipeline industry employees were surveyed and tested. APGA commissioned Brisbane-based TMS Consulting to undertake the study which found that, contrary to speculation, the management of health of employees had far more impact on fatigue than did the length of their shift. Important outcomes of the study are the Fatigue Management Guidelines and a handbook which can assist members to proactively manage this workplace issue. TMS later developed the training course designed to assist managers to effectively monitor fatigue in their employees, and this course has now been accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). As fatigue can affect people in all workplaces, APGA has made the Fatigue Management Guidelines available to non-members as well as members.

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