Design Standards Considerations and the Effective Prevention of Operator Fatigue

This paper presents design standards considerations and the effective prevention of operator fatigue. The authors contend that there is a need for independent proof that strategies used to prevent operator fatigue actually are effective. Without this objective evidence of efficacy, consumers may have no way to determine if the costs they are paying for such strategies are worth the investment. In addition, the authors caution that the lack of this evidence can result in fatigue-related performance degradation, health issues, and mishaps. Inspection and verification protocols require objective evidence, beyond surveys, to demonstrate that fatigue management program elements control the incidence of operator fatigue. The article focuses on operator fatigue in the workplace, but the same concerns are valid in the arena of transportation, notably driver fatigue. Other topics covered include the use of objective techniques to test circadian rhythm stability and situational alertness; the incorporation of technological advances in safety management infrastructure; compulsory review and approval activities; and assessing workload. The authors conclude by offering practical suggestions to implement objective measures such as inspection and verification protocols.

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  • Accession Number: 01601750
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 23 2016 10:37AM