Fatigue at Risk Management Program
Fatigue is as much or even more of a hazard like chemicals, farm machinery, silos, grain bins, manure pits, power tools, animal handling, etc.
Fatigue can result in slower reaction time, lack of good judgement, being more easily distracted, not being able to concentrate on tasks, and the work may not be of the same quality as usual.
As we learn to Mind the G.A.P. FARM-FARM-FARM. One FARM is Fatigue At Risk Management. If we reduce fatigue by recognizing the signs and symptoms, know the effects of fatigue impairment, use a system to mitigate the risk, have an incident reporting process to gain information on how fatigue played a role in an incident, and use a fatigue calculator to measure the risk, we can engage the slow part of the brain (the Tortoise) more quickly.
Engaging the Slow Brain will allow us to be think consciously, analytically, more reasoned, more reflective and thoughtful resulting in less incident and injuries on the farm. Take a look at the resources below: