Fatigue Management

Fatigue is a state of tiredness leading to reduced mental and/or physical performance.

Fatigue in the Workplace

Excessive long working hours and poorly planned shift work can result in employee fatigue. Poor work schedules where there are inadequate rest breaks can also accelerate the onset of fatigue in the workplace, especially when the work is demanding.

 

Effects of Fatigue

Fatigue at work can affect your

  • Alertness
  • Concentration
  • Judgement
  • Motor skills
  • Reflexes

These can lead to an increased risk of workplace accidents and near-miss incidents, endangering yourself at the workplace.

 

 

Preventing Workplace Fatigue

The best approach to prevent fatigue is having adequate rest or sleep.

As fatigue is normally caused by a confluence of factors, it is necessary to recognize them to prevent the onset of fatigue. A combination of risk control measures will hence be more effective in managing workplace fatigue.   

 

Fatigue Factor

Control Measure(s)

Dim work environment

Provide adequate lighting

Hot working environment

- Provide adequate ventilation

- Provide facilities for break

Long working shift

- Limit shift work to not more than 12 hours including overtime

- Ensure adequate staffing on a shift

Sustained mental demanding work

Schedule complex tasks during the day

Monotonous work e.g. standing in a fixed position for extended time periods

Include activity breaks e.g. simple stretching exercises of limbs and body

 

For more information

Please refer to the WSH Guidelines on Fatigue Management (PDF).