A new set of guiding principles created to address the issue of rising workplace fatigue in the upstream oil and gas industry is being released by Enform, the industry’s safety association in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
The Fatigue Risk Management Guiding Principles
is intended to draw attention to the effects that fatigue has on operating vehicles and operating machinery for industry-specific tasks.
"Compounded by the labour shortage, fatigue is a growing safety issue in the workplace," said Enform president and CEO Cameron MacGillivray. "Today's launch is an important first step — it represents an industry consensus and recognition that managing the risks associated with fatigue is a top priority and a shared responsibility."
Fatigue has a similar impairment effect as alcohol on workers, according to Alberta Human Services (AHS). After 20 hours of sustained wakefulness, a worker may be as functionally impaired as someone with a high blood alcohol concentration, AHS says.
The principles have met the approval of six different industry associations and will be used as the initial undertaking of a larger campaign to raise awareness of the issue, Enform said. The organization also plans to further develop tools for the industry to combat the problem.
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