AIHce Indianapolis



PDC 112
Worker Fatigue Risk Management: Applying New Standards

introductory | 1.34 CM Points/ 8 Contact Hours/ 1.0 CEU/COC Point | Saturday | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Limit: 60

Occupational Medicine, Social Concerns

The business world runs 24/7, but the human body was designed to sleep at night. Understanding the science of sleep, circadian rhythms and fatigue are key to successfully adjusting and protecting workforce health, safety, and performance. Developing a written Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS) plan, critical to organizing and managing the inherent costs, risks and liabilities of shiftwork, will be covered. This session with review the ANSI standard and provide attendees with proven methods to implement an FRMS. Examples of new technology and effective behavioral management techniques that can be combined to optimize shift worker health, safety, and quality of life, as well as organizational operating efficiency and productivity will be provided and discussed. Specific methods for handling high hazard jobs with extended shiftwork and 24/7 operations, including air traffic controllers, surveillance personnel, hospital and other shift workers, as well as proven techniques for training workers in 24/7 operations are included.

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the physiological impacts of excess worker fatigue.
  • Assess and quantify manufacturing costs due to excess employee fatigue.
  • List general principles and concepts of worker fatigue management, highlighting the ANSI standard on FRMS (Fatigue Risk Management Systems).
  • Formulate ideas for educating organizational infrastructure on mitigating worker fatigue.
  • Identify effective methods for addressing worker fatigue, including the concepts and design of an FRMS written action plan.
  • Establish concrete methods to effectively help workers cope with the stresses of extended work hours, 24/7 work schedules, and rotating shifts.


  • Section 1: Understanding the Risk of Excess Fatigue in the Workplace
    • The causes and costs of employee fatigue in the 24-hour workplace
    • Assessing the risks and costs of fatigue in your company/organization
    • Why Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) have emerged as the international standard for mitigating risk in shiftwork and 24/7 operations
  • Section 2: The Five Levels of Defense
    • Defense 1: Staff-workload balance
    • Defense 2: Shift and duty scheduling
    • Defense 3: Employee training, education and communication
    • Defense 4: Work environment
    • Defense 5: Individual risk assessment and mitigation
  • Section 3: Building Support for an FRMS in Your Organization
    • Educating the organizational infrastructure
    • Collaborative design of an FRMS plan and implementation strategy
    • Definition of roles and responsibilities
  • Section 4: Establishing a Continuous FRMS Improvement Process:
    • Incident/Near Miss investigation
    • Identifying, collecting and analyzing metrics for FRMS
    • Periodic review of the FRMS to achieve continuous improvement
  • Section 5: Understanding specific methods for handling high hazard jobs
    • Specific methods for coping with extended shiftwork and 24/7 operations, including air traffic controllers, surveillance personnel, hospital and other shift workers
    • Proven techniques for training workers in 24/7 operations

Transfer of Knowledge:
Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Practice exercises
  • Workshops
  • Group activities

Sponsoring Committee:
Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Social Concerns and Safety

Important PDC dates:

  • May 18 — E-handout download instructions are e-mailed.
  • June 1  — Contact the AIHA if you have not received your e-handout e-mail.
  • June 1  — AIHce 2012 online communities for collaborative learning open.
  • June 15-17 — AIHce 2012 PDCs are presented. Participants must bring a printed or electronic copy of their PDC handout.
  • August 31 — AIHce 2012 online communities for collaborative learning close.
  • August 27 Educational transcripts updated and available for download

The following instructors have disclosed significant financial interests or other relationships including grants, research support, employment, consulting, major stockholder, speakers bureau member, etc. with manufacturers/ providers of commercial products and services.

Bill Sirois – Circadian Technologies, Inc. provides consulting services in the areas of workforce management of rotating and extended shift, 24/7 operational management, and other effective measures for improving workplace scheduling and increasing worker health and safety in shiftwork operations.