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December 22, 2015

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Managing the risks associated with fatigue

Next month’s final SHP issue includes an insightful feature that looks at fatigue in the workplace and the serious risk it can pose to employees.

Dr Vicki Culpin, Global Dean of Research at Hult International Business School and a chartered psychologist, and Philip Crosbie, a senior associate in the corporate compliance team at Eversheds, offer some handy advice to employers on how to better manage those risks.

The authors start by exploring the risks associated with fatigue in detail, and how poor sleep can have detrimental cognitive and physical effects. They then look at why it’s so important to get management buy-in and why the workforce needs to be better informed about the risks.

As Dr Culpin and Mr Crosbie conclude: “Fatigue is not given any meaningful attention by those organisations striving to make their workforce safer and healthier.

“If employers approach fatigue as they do any other risk, there are some simple control measures that will benefit the workforce.”

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