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Fatigue is Becoming Constant so How Can Employers Help

Fatigue is Becoming Constant so How Can Employers Help?

Dec. 2, 2020
As Covid-19 continues, employers can offer the Epworth Sleepiness Scale to help employees rate their fatigue.

While not something that the Centers for Disease Control might normally provide advice on, given the pressure and stress that everyone is under in dealing with the pandemic, the CDC has issued a guide to help out with fatigue.

In an article, the CDC offers some helpful tips:

  • Create a culture of safety with clear coordination and communication between management and workers. This can include establishing a Fatigue Risk Management Plan or strategies for fatigue mitigation on the job. Share and ensure that employees understand the processes.
  • Spot the signs and symptoms of fatigue (e.g., yawning, difficulty keeping eyes open, inability to concentrate) in yourself and your employees and take steps to mitigate fatigue-related injury or error.
  • Create a procedure that does not punish workers for reporting when they, or their coworkers, are too fatigued to work safely. Build it into team comradery as an example of how management and staff can support each other.

And there is actually a survey that employees can take, called the  Epworth Sleepiness Scale which can help workers rate their fatigue.

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