Lack of sleep could affect your safety at work

Posted on 28 September 2017

Daylight Saving is a good time to check on the amount of sleep you are getting to keep yourself and others healthy and safe as you work, says WorkSafe Chief Executive Nicole Rosie.

“People who are tired and fatigued are 30% more likely to have an accident. Both businesses and workers have a responsibility to manage fatigue and the risks that arise from it.

“Work and personal demands can often make it difficult to get the sleep we need to function safely throughout the day,” Ms Rosie said.

WorkSafe has a fatigue quick guide with information for businesses and workers to explain their respective responsibilities to manage fatigue.

Fatigue is a work-related health risk if it reduces our ability and alertness to work safely and effectively. Fatigue can affect people’s feeling of wellness and wellbeing and impact productivity. It can also lead to safety incidents.

It is a state of physical and/or mental exhaustion which can impact our ability to function safely. This may lead to errors and an increase in workplace health and safety incidents, with potentially serious consequences for both workers and businesses.

“According to our 2015 Health and Safety Attitudes and Behaviour Survey, 43% of workers