Driver Fatigue – Tools and Resources for Employers/Employees
As an employer of people who operate motor vehicles as part of their work duties, you are responsible for recognizing driver fatigue, and understanding how it can contribute to crashes. As an employee, you are responsible for showing up to work prepared to conduct your work without undue risk to yourself and to others around you.
What Can an Employer Do?
- Get to know your employees - This will help you understand their mannerisms and recognize when their physical and verbal behaviours suggest that they are fatigued.
- Recognize the signs – these include:
- Verbally expressing that they are “always tired”
- Looks exhausted
- Eyes look sore, heavy, droopy or blood-shot
- Reflexes and reaction time are slow
- Impatience or irritability
- Employee complains of aching, stiff or sore muscles, or cramps
- Lack of motivation
- Lack of concentration
- Responses to questions are slow or off topic
- Unable to make decisions
- Support employee health & wellness – Set up benefits and wellness plans and programs to encourage employees to be more active and visit their doctors regularly
- Consider flexible scheduling - Each driver has differing fatigue tolerance, keep this in mind when scheduling drivers and have realistic expectations. Be sure to schedule regular breaks
What Can an Employee Do?
- Recognize the signs and self-assess – common symptoms include:
- Sleepiness, drowsiness, feeling exhausted
- Persistent yawning
- Sore, tired eyes
- Slower-than-normal reflexes
- Feeling impatient, irritable
- Aching or sore muscles
- Daydreaming, decreased ability to focus or concentrate
- Get a good night’s rest
- Make healthy lifestyle choices
- Have realistic expectations
- Take regular breaks and naps if needed
For more information on this topic, please visit Tools & Resources for Employers, Tools & Resources for Employees, Driver Fatigue – A Significant Road Safety Concern
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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Original article source: Road Safety at Work Website