By: Mission Healthy Living
June 18, 2019
How often do you feel tired at work? Would you be surprised to hear that nearly 7 in 10 workers feel fatigue at the office?
A National Safety Council (NSC) study says this widespread workplace fatigue leads to lost productivity, and, if experienced long-term, individual afflictions such as heart disease, depression, and breast and prostate cancer.
In addition, up to 13% of workplace injuries could be attributed to fatigue (NSC). This is especially dangerous in the transportation industry, where low-workload tasks that are unstimulating and monotonous can increase fatigue.
The NSC also lists several approaches for employers to address worker fatigue:
- 5-minute safety talks about fatigue in the workplace
- Open dialogue about fatigue as a workplace safety hazard
- Special session led by human resources or a health care representative to discuss the importance of sleep health, how to get better sleep, and how to get screened for a sleep disorder
- New safety management systems and reporting, from policies and practices to programs and procedures
The National Institutes of Health offers the following fatigue-busting tips for employees:
- Minimize sleep loss
- Take naps during night shifts
- Accelerate circadian adaptation to different shifts
- Ask a doctor about stimulators
Learn more about the hazards of workplace fatigue from OSHA.