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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 12-17

Fatigue management in the workplace

1 Occupational Medicine Specialist, Occupational Sleep Research Center, Professor of Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 Occupational Medicine Specialist, Metabolic Disease Research Center, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Zohreh Yazdi
Occupational Medicine Specialist, Metabolic Disease Research Center, Associate Professor of Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-6748.160915

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Workers' fatigue is a significant problem in modern industry, largely because of high demand jobs, long duty periods, disruption of circadian rhythms, and accumulative sleep debt that are common in many industries. Fatigue is the end result of integration of multiple factors such as time awake, time of day, and workload. Then, the full understanding of circadian biologic clock, dynamics of transient and cumulative sleep loss, and recovery is required for effective management of workplace fatigue. It can be more investigated in a new field of sleep medicine called occupational sleep medicine. Occupational sleep medicine is concerned with maintaining best productivity and safety in the industrial settings. The fatigue risk management system (FRMS) is a comprehensive approach that is based on applying scientific evidence of sleep knowledge to manage workers fatigue. It is developing rapidly in the highly safety demand jobs; especially truck drivers, pilots, and power plant workers. The objective of this review is to explain about fatigue in the workplace with emphasis on its association work performance and errors/accidents. Also, we discussed about different methods of fatigue measurement and management.

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