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With recent news of the first prosecution under the new Health and Safety at work Act 2015, it is more important than ever that employers are aware of all potential safety risks in their business. Staff fatigue is often overlooked as a safety concern and WorkSafe has released new guidelines on the topic ahead of daylight savings changes this weekend. Key takeaways from the WorkSafe guidelines are listed below and the full report can be accessed here.
Fatigue is a state of exhaustion that can reduce an employee’s ability to do their usual job safely and effectively. If an employee’s ability to be alert at work is affected, this could lead to an increase of workplace accidents and injuries. Regardless of the the cause of fatigue, employers have a responsibility to monitor and manage the issue to ensure their workplace remains safe.
Employers should be aware of the below causes of fatigue and take all reasonable steps to minimise the risks to staff:
It is essential that employers extend their workplace safety policy to include staff fatigue. This could include policies such as:
For more information on managing staff fatigue or creating an effective workplace safety policy, employers should contact Employsure on 0800 675 700.