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Fatigue can reduce everyone's ability to remain alert and adversely affect safety at work. Fatigue is a state of mental and or physical exhaustion which reduces your ability to perform work safely and effectively - it is more than just feeling a little drowsy. Fatigue can be caused by work and non-work related factors or a combination of both and accumulate with time.

Everyone in the workplace has a work health and safety responsibility to ensure that fatigue does not create a risk to their own or others health and safety.


SafeWork SA Catalogue

Further resources can be accessed from SafeWork SA's Library catalogue

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National fatigue guides

The national fatigue guides provide information about workplace fatigue: why it's a problem, the signs of fatigue and how to mitigate the risks.

These guides outline the factors that can contribute to fatigue, such as shift work, and how the risks of fatigue can be assessed and controlled.

The guides also explain workers' responsibilities in managing fatigue.

The guides have been designed to provide an overview about fatigue rather than highlight particular industry requirements which continue to be addressed by specific laws, for example heavy vehicle driver fatigue laws and rail safety requirements.


Guide for managing the risk of fatigue at work
Link to Safe Work Australia website

Fatigue management - a worker's guide
Link to Safe Work Australia website

Emergency services guideline

The particular considerations of workers and volunteers who provide frontline emergency services have been addressed in specific emergency services guidelines (PDF 1.3MB) for the management of working hours and fatigue. Contact SAFECOM for further details.