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Worker Fatigue Risk Management


  • Are you facing challenges in managing fatigue?
  • How aware are you of your legal requirements?
  • Do you know what good practice in fatigue risk management looks like?
  • How do you ensure fatigue is managed during times of reduced resource?
  • Do you understand how shift design can impact on worker fatigue, health safety & performance?
  • How confident are you in implementing a fatigue risk management system?
  • Do you struggle to get attention from senior management when trying to overcome problems of worker fatigue across the business?

Fatigue arising from poorly planned working shift arrangements or long working hours can lead to human error, ill health, injury and reduced productivity. It is estimated to cost the UK up to £240 million per year in terms of workplace accidents alone.

A fatigued employee will be less alert, less able to process information, will have slower reaction times and have less interest in working compared to a colleague who is not fatigued. This increases the risk of human error which can lead to accidents; the Clapham Junction rail disaster, Chernobyl, and the Exxon Valdez oil spill have all had fatigue as a major contributory factor.

HSE works with companies from across industry to assess fatigue risk and enable them to develop their own sensible fit for purpose fatigue risk management systems that promote healthier and safer working. HSE fatigue experts have a track record of contributing technical advice on shift work and management of working hours to inform HSE guidance, regulation, and investigation, which means that HSE has unique insight and technical expertise in this.

The course will cover:

  • An understanding of the importance of ensuring good quality sleep and the impact that a lack of sleep can have on the individual, the business and health and safety performance
  • Knowledge of the signs and symptoms of fatigue
  • Tips on how to engage effectively with senior leaders
  • Knowledge of the HSE perspective/expectations on fatigue risk management (including legal requirements/responsibilities)
  • An understanding of the key steps involved in undertaking a fatigue risk assessment
  • Knowledge of what additional tools are available to assist them in undertaking a fatigue risk assessment
  • Knowledge of what good practice looks like when designing effective work schedules
  • Understand the components of an effective Fatigue Risk Management System and how to make it fit for purpose

Who should attend?

This training course is aimed across industry, at people who have responsibility for implementing a company's Safety Management System, SHE Managers, Occupational Health and HR Managers. This course is suitable for those responsible for operating a 24/7 shift system as well as those managing more regular working patterns. This course is not specifically targeted to the management of fatigue offshore.


The course will be run at the HSE Science and Research Centre in the spa town of Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links to mainline train stations and Manchester International Airport. This course can be run at your site or local area by arrangement.

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£525 per person (includes course notes, lunch and refreshments).

Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit card at the time of booking.

This course can also be delivered in-company, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Telephone: +44 (0)203 028 3704

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