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Fatigue Risk Management

Fatigue is one of the twelve key risk areas the rail industry is addressing in its strategy, Leading Health and Safety on Britain’s Railways. It affects many aspects of the railway's operations.

Fatigue does not lead to specific types of incident. But it is often a significant underlying cause.  This has led to fatigue data not being systematically or consistently collected at industry level.  This is one of the strategic challenges identified in LHSBR, which will be addressed in CP6.

What the rail industry is doing 

Sector-based fatigue working groups are collaborating to address the challenges set out in LHSBR and they have developed a roadmap of activities. That roadmap will help the industry to work towards its vision: Work practices that manage fatigue and reduce the associated health and safety risk are embedded in the industry. All aspects of work, including travel, are designed so that fatigue risk is minimised, and everyone understands their role in managing fatigue.

Strategic challenges – what industry wants to do 

Our roadmap highlights that we will need to collaborate to develop and promote best-in-class practices to:

  • proactively minimise occupational fatigue risk through the design of working patterns 
  • effectively control excessive working hours
  • transform fitness for duty decisions and fatigue reporting processes, as critical components for managing fatigue risk
  • embed a thorough understanding of fatigue as a catalyst for a cultural shift, so that everyone actively participates in managing the risk
  • create a step-change in the management of fatigue through data-driven mechanisms for continual improvement. 

At RSSB we are providing the workspaces for collaboration across the industry so rail can get at the right data and insights, and so make good decisions about how to monitor and improve safety, health and wellbeing. 

How to get involved 

There are many opportunities for you to contribute to leading health and safety on Britain’s railways.  

  • Industry is particularly encouraged to work with, or join, the Rail Wellbeing Alliance, which oversees the delivery of this chapter of the strategy.
  • The industry’s Fatigue Champion co-ordinates the activities of the Train Operating Companies Fatigue Working Group, the ISLG Fatigue Working Group, and the NFSG Fatigue Subgroup.

Resources

Fatigue Risk Management
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Dan Basacik
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