Last updated June 2022
This chapter explains what causes fatigue, how to recognise when a worker is fatigued, and how to manage fatigue-related risks in your workplace.
What are the risks of fatigue?
Under health and safety legislation, you have an obligation to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the safety of your workers. Therefore, causing or permitting workers to perform work in a fatigued state could expose you to liability for breaching health and safety legislation.
Fatigue is an acute or ongoing state of tiredness that results in poor judgement, slower reaction times and reduced capacity to safely perform a task.
Fatigue can affect the health and safety of workers:
- directly; and