What’s wrong with this picture?
Never mind the productivity concerns. Workers that nod off like this are a danger to everyone at the work site—including themselves.
Moral: Although it’s not so much an OSHA concern, workplace fatigue has become a serious problem. You need to recognize the hazard; you need to ensure the management of your organization recognizes it; and perhaps above all, you need to ensure that workers themselves recognize it.
What’s at Stake: 3 Reasons to Pay Attention
The first step in protecting yourself is knowing how fatigue happens. Main causes include:
1. Not sleeping enough hours each night
Most adults need at least 7 hours of sleep per night. Reasons for missing sleep could include working too many hours, having more than one job and/or working irregular shifts:
2. Not being able to fall asleep
The magic 7 hours refers to the time you spend actually asleep, not how long you spend in bed. Tossing and turning is not sleep.
The older we get, the more sleep we need and the harder it becomes to avoid fatigue.
The next step in protecting yourself against it is being able to recognize when you—or a co-worker—are suffering from fatigue. Common signs of fatigue include: