Mind the GAP – Fatigue At Risk Management

There is one thing that can interfere with your safety plan and positive safety culture and that is FATIGUE.

FARM – Fatigue at Risk Management can help 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.

It only takes one 24-hour period of loss in deep sleep for moderate to severe cognitive fatigue to occur.

Fatigue impairment (Dekra (www.dekra-insight.com) includes:

  • impairment in their attention to detail,
  • impulse and risk inhibition,
  • accurate memory recall,
  • problem analysis,
  • conceptual thinking,
  • decision making, and
  • planning ahead

FARM – Fatigue at Risk Management sounds fancy, but it really isn’t.  It is as simple as finding out what makes us over tired and coming up with ways to get more rest to be our best selves.  We don’t have to wear sleep deprivation as a badge of honour anymore when working on the farm.  In this day and age, we have to become more creative to accommodate our fast-paced world so the demands don’t break us.

Visit https://farmsafetyns.ca/farm-safety-plan/guide-to-farm-safety-plan/ to download your copy of the Fatigue At Risk Management System.  You can choose to use all or parts of the program.  It is up to you!

Want help? Contact the Farm Safety Advisor at 902-893-2293 or lbrookhouse@nsfa-fane.ca to set up a workshop or take advantage of our advisory services for the low rate of $75/hour plus expenses.




  • Pre-conscious
  • Automatic
  • Reactive
  • Habitual

  • Conscious
  • Analytical
  • Reasoned
  • Reflective
  • Thoughtful
Activation Time:

4/10 of a second

Activation Time:

  • At least 1 second
  • Fatigue creates a slower activation time

Process visual information & give feedback quickly & you may miss important changes


  • Consciously goes through steps of a task.
  • Evaluates all angles

  • None, on autopilot
  • Frequent Errors