Fatigue refers to the issues that arise from excessive working time or poorly designed shift patterns.
Fatigue is a perceived state of ‘weariness’ caused by prolonged or intensive exertion.
It results in slower reactions, reduced ability to process information, memory lapses, absent-minded slips, ‘losing the picture’, lack of attention etc.
Fatigue can lead to errors and accidents, ill-health and injury, and reduced productivity.
It is often a root cause of major accidents.
This publication is intended for all personnel who are involved in managing shift workers.
This revision has minor editorial changes as well as enlarged reference section.