June is National Safety Month and DiscountSafetyGear wants to make sure you are safe and protected. For more than 100 years, the National Safety Council has been a leader in workplace safety. Their goal is to stop preventable deaths in this lifetime with increased awareness and protocols. Despite all the advances that have been made in safety, between 2017 and 2018, preventable work-related deaths increased by 2%. Every worker deserves to make it home safe, and so we want to take some time to bring attention to some of the ways you can take care and precaution to get the job done efficiently and safely.
Working with Fatigue
Getting a good nights sleep is key to keeping energy up and mental awareness at 100%. Many workers don’t always recognize the importance of sleep and fail to prioritize it as a regular part of their health routine. Sleep helps the body remain healthy and function during the day and is a vital part to brain cognition and our ability to perform on the job. The National Safety Council is a leader in working to change the culture and conversation surrounding sleep depravity in the workplace with extended research, education and outreach programs.
Our jobs often require us to push beyond our natural sleep patterns, especially in positions outside of daylight shift hours. Fatigue can and will result in these cases, leading to a lack of judgement, alertness, slower reaction times, and the ability to make good decisions. This can increase the risk of incidents and injury in a workplace, especially when operating equipment. According to the NSC, more than 43% of workers are sleep-deprived, and those most at risk work the night shift, and long or irregular shifts. Following are a few facts for employers:
- Safety performance decreases as employees become tired
- 62% of night shift workers complain about sleep loss
- Fatigued worker productivity costs employers $1,200 to $3,100 per employee annually
- Employees on rotating shifts are particularly vulnerable because they cannot adapt their “body clocks” to an alternative sleep pattern
Dr. Geoffrey Calvert, team leader and senior medical epidemiologist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, discusses shift work and sleep.
Posted on by Geoffrey Calvert, MD, MPH, FACP
“In today’s competitive economy, an increasing number of U.S businesses operate to meet customer demand for 24/7 services. These around-the-clock operations are required in order to maintain a place in the global market where transactions with clients, suppliers, and colleagues can span multiple time zones. Consequently, for many men and women, the workday no longer fits the traditional 9-to-5 model. They may clock in at midnight and out at 8 in the morning, or they may follow a rotating shift-work schedule consisting of periodic day shifts, evening shifts, and night shifts.”
From a study conducted by Geoffrey Calvert and the CDC, they concluded that sleep-related problems were common among workers, especially among night-shift workers who had the highest risks for sleep problems. Moreover, these risks among night-shift workers persisted even after we adjusted for potentially confounding factors, such as long working hours, socio-demographic characteristics, and health/lifestyle/work factors. DiscountSafetyGear wants to make sure you get enough sleep while working through out the week. Your health and safety are important to us. We have attached important links below that can help with managing your fatigue at work.
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“Fatigue – You’re More Than Just Tired.” National Safety Council, http://www.nsc.org/workplace/safety-topics/fatigue/fatigue-home.
“Shift Work and Sleep.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2016/10/05/shift-work-and-sleep/.
“Why Do We Need Sleep?” Sleep Foundation, 11 Sept. 2020, http://www.sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/why-do-we-need-sleep.