2. Transition to Recommendations
So – what about the percentage of the workforce who spend a significant portion of their working week behind the wheel? For fleets that don’t have the same regulations and practices of the commercial transportation market some suggestions follow:
Drivers have a limited ability to predict when they will fall asleep and by continuing to drive when sleepy, they place themselves and others at great risk of a serious crash. Controlling fatigue requires cooperation between employers and employees. There are early warning signs when a person is sleepy – drivers should be trained on these signs and have company supported counter-measures so drivers do not ignored signs when driving.
Driver drowsiness awareness indicators need to include:
Factors that are predictive of driver fatigue include:
Drivers need to be aware that using the radio, air-conditioning, or other “tricks” to stimulate alertness, has limited effect and will not overcome tiredness. Stimulants, like caffeine, will provide a temporary boost but do not reduce the need for sleep. Sleep that is delayed will need to be made up later.
Nest week we will look at some recommendations on how to deal with driver fatigue in the workplace.