Fatigue Management. How do you prevent it?

Fatigue Management – Are your workers safe?

Understanding Fatigue

Fatigue is often misunderstood and mistaken as feeling tired or a little drowsy. Fatigue is a prolonged disruption to a workers’ internal body clock, caused by long periods of mental and physical activity and sleep deprivation/loss.  It is the bodies response to when you have reached both mental and physical exhaustion and reduces your ability to perform duties effectively, efficiently and most importantly safely.

We understand that most businesses and industry are affected by fatigue. However, our customers in energy, mining and infrastructure have an inherently higher risk of fatigue, mainly when shift work is a core function of their business model.

One of the most common pain points we hear from our customers is how to effectively integrate fatigue management into their complex shift design and rostering processes. Managing fatigue risk is not only compiling a roster and including the length of a shift that makes this task complex. It is incorporating all the risk factors against each worker profile including (but not limited to) – role demands, work environment, hours accommodating long shifts, shift breaks, commute time, equipment handling to name some. The majority of time there isn’t one rule that fits most or all situations.  

Most importantly, our customers understand fatigue management requires senior leadership sponsorship to accept responsibility and accountability of the safety measures and work system, and that it is only through the understanding of scheduling safety complexities that fatigue can be effectively managed.

How do we help you decrease and manage fatigue?

Outside of reminding you to sleep being the ultimate solution for fatigue management, we help our customers to manage fatigue through optimised scheduling and the systematisation of fatigue rules within our DIMO solution. To create an optimised solution DIMO considers the type of work, work environment and work hours along with the considerations below;

  • mental & physical effort required (concentration, heavy machinery)
  • time of day when work is to be performed
  • exposure levels (noise, temperature hot/cold, chemicals)
  • shift design (rotating shifts, successive night shifts, long work hours, rapid rotations, slow rotations, callouts & extra work assignments)
  • travel times (commuting & journey planning, high-risk driving, fly-in, fly-out, drive-in, drive-out, vehicle type)

Together, we help you identify rules and implement them into an optimised solution across the entire workforce. Our fatigue rules are customisable and create alarms/warnings to schedulers of a breach ensuring the safety of the worker.

All supervisor actions to manage safety breaches are auditable, ensuring safety standards are continuously maintained. Changes to rosters can then be seamlessly used to re-create optimised schedules keeping worker utilisation KPI’s within limits without compromising safety. 

Optimised scheduling through DIMO enables our customers to define and enforce fatigue policies and safety standards, decreasing risk across an entire organisation.

What are you doing to prevent your workers from fatigue? Reach out to us to learn more.



Other benefits of DIMO’s optimised scheduling is not just limited to increased safety measures. We helped one of Australia’s largest Oil & Gas companies reduce 15% of unnecessary additional site visitations using customised fatigue management rules for journey planning. Not only did is decrease high-risk driving activities, operationally they yielded a $1.5M immediate cost reduction through underutilised vehicles. To understand more of how DIMO has impacted industry and customers click on the links below.

Read more: https://biarriemi.com/dimo-delivers-automated-intelligent-scheduling-origin-energy/

Learn more about Biarri EMI: https://biarriemi.com/biarri-emi-top-ten-global-tech-company-transforming-oil-gas/   

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