Shiftwork & Fatigue Management

Managing shift-work and tired employees.

Safe & Healthy presented at the Pan Pacific in Melbourne using case studies from our onsite partners to share strategies on managing Sleep & Fatigue. Thanks to everyone who engaged and asked questions on how we have helped identify and treat Sleep & Fatigue.

As we mentioned you have to gather data first to understand where to focus your efforts, think about your current policies and start to educate your workforce on Sleep Health.

Did you know smoking a cigarette before bed will reduce the amount of deep sleep you will get that night! Could be the reason you’re waking up tired, so cut down or QUIT.

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) is a measure of Daytime sleepiness, used to investigate if fatigue is a problem onsite. We use it when assessing if some of your employees may need to get extra help to manage their daytime fatigue levels. Click here to print off some and give to your managers.

Any score > 10 points should be followed up with your provider network offering diagnosis and treatment pathways for employees. If you would like to discuss please contact admin@safeandhealthy.com.au

We also discussed Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) as a major risk factor which contributes to Sleep & Fatigue onsite. Click here for the STOP-BANG which is an objective measure of the risk of this condition. Traditionally health practitioners think of the obese older man who snores as having OSA, Safe & Healthy have a national network of sleep health practitioners and this thought needs to change. We are seeing a higher number of younger people, females and normal weight individuals with this condition. Keep an eye out for the symptoms:

  1. Fatigue and morning fogginess
  2. Morning headaches
  3. Snoring
  4. Memory troubles
  5. Lack of attention

If you score > 3 = 50% likelihood of having OSA, the higher the number the greater the risk

There are “free” diagnosis & treatment pathways in Australia for this condition, if you would like to discuss these options please don’t hesitate to contact.

Regards

Safe & Healthy

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