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Workplace Fatigue – Part Three

Published: February 17, 2017

In the third and final installation of this 3 part blog series, we take a closer look at the issue of workplace fatigue. Click the links to read part one and part two of the series, published earlier this week.

Think you can tell when someone is tired? It’s not always as easy as spotting the excessive yawning and dark under eye circles. Other symptoms include mood swings, headaches, blurred vision as well as the perceivable increased lateness/early leaving and unplanned absences.

Obligations for employers exist under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001 to ensure provisions are in place to eliminate, or control fatigue risks in the workplace. In addition to these more general acts, there are additional obligations and rules which may vary from industry to industry. For example in the mining industry, there are also the Coal Mine Health and Safety Act 2002, and the Mine Health and Safety Act 2004 to adhere to. An effective operation’s fatigue management plan should cover managers, professional staff, contractors and those who work on planned rosters as well as unplanned work such as overtime and call-outs.

Mitrefinch Time and Attendance solutions enable businesses to better measure, analyse and manage employees’ working time, and deploy human resources more effectively and efficiently. The system enables you to monitor employee data, and carefully plan rosters and work schedules, while automating alerts and warnings. In the event of an accident, you can rest assured knowing that a complete, auditable trail of compliance can be quickly produced.

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