Quick Takes are scripts that serve as short safety talks to remind staff about safe work practices. This Quick Take covers he negative effects of fatigue in the workplace and methods to address them. Quick Takes help keep safety in the forefront of employees’ minds and demonstrate a commitment to safety on the part of the organization by improving safety culture. The Quick Take also offers an opportunity for employees to ask questions, discuss safety topics and develop solutions to specific hazards while encouraging communication.
Fatigue in the Workplace Driving Quick Take Training Overview and Objectives
- Overview: Discusses the negative effects of fatigue in the workplace and methods to address them.
- Purpose: To educate employees and employers to make positive changes to reduce fatigue and improve worker health and safety.
- Preparation: Change the script as needed to reflect procedures and personnel in your department.
- Handout: Quick Review of Safety Fatigue in the Workplace
Notes: Scheduling has a great effect on an employee’s quantity and quality of sleep. Both time of day and duration of work hours has a strong impact on drowsiness and fatigue. Further resources on developing better schedules can be found in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health resource Work Schedules: Shift Work and Long Hours.
Supervisors typically give the Quick Take talks during regularly scheduled or informal meetings. To improve their effectiveness as a training tool, all Quick Takes should be modified to reflect the needs and situations of your specific workplace. Quick Takes are not designed to take the place of regular formal training.