Fatigue Management

Fatigue is not a disease, but rather a symptom of many different situations, illnesses or conditions and can be defined quite simply as a feeling of weariness, tiredness or lack of energy. The presentation of fatigue can be unpredictable and its causes diverse, making its management difficult. One thing is for sure: that each and every one of us will experience the effects of fatigue some time or another. No one is immune and the effects can range from an error in a familiar task to a fatal accident. The good news is that with better understanding of the characteristics and causes of fatigue, the management of fatigue can be improved and its effects controlled.

  • Fatigue Management Training

    Fatigue Awareness Training covers all you need to know to help prevent fatigue and manage fatigue-related incidents.

  • Fatigue First Aid

    Fatigue First Aid covers what you need to do when a fatigue-related event occurs.

  • Fatigue Leadership Training

    Fatigue Leadership is essential knowledge if you are in a leadership role and responsible for the health, safety and wellbeing of others.

  • Fatigue Review & Consultancy

    We help guide workplaces on how to manage fatigue to ensure it does not contribute to health and safety risks within their workplace.

How is fatigue managed in the workplace?

Seventy-six percent of shift workers report being fatigue to a level that would compromise their safety at least once a fortnight. In a shift working workplace of 400 people this would mean 10,400 fatigue events occurred every year. The fact that only a small percentage of these events escalate to actual incidents could mean two things;

  1. the workforce is good at managing fatigue; or
  2. they are getting lucky! However, we cannot get an accurate indication of whether it is good management or luck, as 92% of the workforce reports having never formally reported fatigue, which could be because they do not know the procedure to follow or they fear the consequences.

The very nature of shift work (length of time on shift, working during the night) make rosters the first (and sometimes the only) point of discussion when it comes to the effective management of fatigue in the workplace. An accumulating body of evidence is telling us that the most significant impact on fatigue is circadian rhythms and the individual variability, which provides an opportunity to better manage fatigue.

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How can the workplace help their employees with fatigue management?


Information, education and awareness will need to be provided to understand the degree of risk faced by long distance commuters,  an understanding of fatigue and its relationship with work and commuting, warning signs, and control measures to respond to risks. Our fatigue management training will help the workforce ask the right questions, at the right time and take appropriate actions.


Knowledge will then be required to be able to be applied as a skill to have an effect. Skills need to be defined by clear and demonstrable fatigue action plan to enable people to apply them when feeling fatigued. The fatigue managament action plan will give the workplace the ability to measure these skills, ensuring that people are held accountable in applying them.


Making the right resources available will help employees apply the appropriate knowledge and skill to execute any task successfully. For example, smartphones have made it easy to use a computer and undertake a range of task that have previously taken a high level of knowledge and skill to do. With respect to fatigue, the FatigueTech App enables personnel to apply the skill of managing fatigue events by guiding them through the Fatigue First Aid procedure in a step-by-step method.


An individual’s drive is underpinned by a number of factors including purpose, autonomy and mastery. The pursuit of mastery will motivate or drive people to take a personal interest or responsibility in becoming better at a skill which can include management fatigue. A key element to mastery is the ability to measure a goal to determine whether the strategies implemented are improving the outcome. The FatigueTech App has been developed to improve individuals drive to better manage fatigue.

5.Monitoring and compliance

The ability to measure and publish group data will also provide an opportunity to identify those people that are falling short of putting effective strategies in place to manage fatigue compared to their peers, which would provide a level of self-responsibility and drive to adopt strategies that have been shown to be effective.

What does a successful fatigue risk management system look like and include?

A Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS) is a framework for the development and implementation of a structured Fatigue Management Program.

Ethos Health have created the Fatigue First Aid Program that uses education and innovative technology to guild employees through a unique RADAR/BSAFE process that enables all components of the FRMS to function and achieve consistent shared action.

Fatigue First Aid provides a clear and demonstrable procedure to manage fatigue to ensure all stakeholders are compliant with their duty of care. The system promotes personal responsibility to manage fatigue; proactive and supportive management; and the potential to use the data to improve productivity and safety measures.

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To learn more about how Ethos Health have advised companies like your company, please contact one of our consultants.

Who we have worked with?



Damian Bassett
General Manager Safety | Kalari Pty Ltd

“At Kalari we have been focussed on the compliance and technology aspects of fatigue management for some time, and now Dr Trent Watson and his excellent team at Ethos Health have provided us with education on Fatigue First Aid and facilitation of Fatigue Charter development across the country. With the assistance of Ethos Health we are progressing towards having multiple and coordinated fatigue controls in place and integrated into our Kalari Safety Management System”

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  • Rio Tinto
  • Glencore
  • Alex Fraser
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  • Port Authority of NSW
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