We often misunderstand our quest to manage fatigue. We attempt to eliminate it or expect that through our efforts it will go away. Whether it is through caffeine, changes in behavior, or fatigue detecting technology, we do our best to improve our alertness.
Before you blame the worker, or even the PPE itself for some workplace incident, consider that the worker may be sleep deprived. Often, when a worker is confronted for violating a policy, he or she will shrug and say, “I forgot.” Many safety professionals are realizing that human errors, behavioral drift and even recklessness can be traced to a growing threat to workplace safety –a lack of sleep.