Infographic - How does fatigue impact safety?

January 2, 2019

What is fatigue?

Simply put, fatigue is the state of feeling tired. Fatigue can take many different forms, making you feel sleepy, weary or overtired. It can be caused by many different factors, like insufficient sleep, long hours of extended mental and physical activity, sleep disorders or prolonged periods of stress and anxiety.


It can be caused by many factors:

Insufficient sleep

Sleep disorders

Extended mental & physical activity

Prolonged stress and anxiety


The 3 main categories of fatigue:

 

Physical

 

Mental

 

Emotional

When am I at risk?

People are at the highest risk of fatigue whenever the body’s natural circadian rhythm is disrupted.

The hours when the risk of workplace accidents are highest is between midnight and 6 am and 1 and 3 pm. The period between 3 am and 5 am is particularly high risk for fatigue.

 

What can I do to protect myself?

Get quality sleep

Avoid stimulants

Proper diet & exercise

Take scheduled breaks

Did you know?

The number of hours you are awake has a similar effect to being impaired by alcohol.

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