Managing Fatigue Risk: The Role of Line Managers and Supervisors
You need to manage fatigue risk, because people you line manage or supervise need to be awake and alert to do their jobs safely and efficiently. The effects of serious fatigue are comparable to being over the drink driving limit for alcohol. Fatigue can cause accidents, physical and mental health problems. It can affect people’s lives and livelihoods.
Whether you directly manage staff or are responsible for supervising their work, you have an important role in managing fatigue risk. You are your company’s eyes and ears, so it’s your job to know what is happening on the ground. This includes working with your staff to manage fatigue risk. You are also your company’s voice: what you say and do tells people that your organisation is committed to minimising the risk to safety and health from fatigue. The way you behave and respond to your staff will influence whether you find out about fatigue before or after an incident. Your responsibilities are to: