Responsible Fatigue Management
up to the importance of sleep
Quality sleep is essential for health and safety
Fatigue and sleep are inextricably linked
- Inadequate or poor quality sleep affects a
person’s energy level, causes tiredness and has
a large impact on overall health and wellbeing.
- Fatigue is four times more likely to
contribute to workplace Impairment than drugs or
alcohol (Managing Fatigue in transport. Aust.
House of Representatives Committee Report 2000)
- Driver fatigue is a factor in up to 25% of
Fatigue: the risks
- Fatigue resulting from sleep deprivation
and/or associated conditions is the most
frequently-cited medical factor in naval
- In 2004 sleep disorders cost Australia $10.3
- Stress, discomfort and Obstructive
sleep apnea (OSA) are the main factors which
cause poor sleep.
OSA: the hidden workplace risks
- Women with OSA syndrome have a three-fold risk
of occupational accidents while for men the risk
increases by 50%.
- People most often affected by fatigue are
those who have sleep disorders-the most common
disorder is sleep apnea.
- Performance of drivers with OSA is equivalent
to the performance of drivers with a Blood
Alcohol Content (BAC) measuring 0.089.
- Up to 28% of commercial driver's license
holders have some degree of OSA.
- A person with OSA is 4-6 times more likely to
have a car accident than a person without OSA.
OSA- associated diseases
- • More than 33% of people with hypertension and
more than 80% of people with drug-resistant
hypertension have OSA.
- A person with OSA is 70% more likely to have a
stroke than a person without OSA. OSA sufferers
are three times more likely to have type 2
- 50% of people with congestive heart failure
- Safety risk increases in shift workers with OSA.
OSA is easy to diagnose
- At SleepMed Australia, we offer sleep
studies which are quickly organised without a
waiting list, costs are mostly covered by
Medicare and can be done conveniently take to be
worker’s home or sleep environment. Results are
available within 1 week.
OSA is easily and safely treated
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
therapy is the mostly widely accepted treatment.
This is a device which gently delivers air
through a mask. The pressure acts like an 'air
splint' to keep the upper airway open.
- If the OSA is not severe, the person has
several options including a specially made
dental splint. The treatment works quickly and
the person will experience rapid and sustained
improvements in their quality of life
- Absenteeism also diminishes, as performance
and mood improves. As a result, accident rates
and costs are reduced.
Common OSA symptoms
- Waking up feeling unrefreshed
- Excessive sleepiness and fatigue during
- Poor concentration and memory problems
- High blood pressure
SleepMed’s simple A-Link screening program
- Apnealink is, a simple screening device which
we offer for FREE to workers of interested
companies. In conjunction with a proper, medical
specialist-led program which we have, based on
sound research, this can detect who may have
- SleepMed can offer businesses interested in
responsible fatigue management, comprehensive
courses and packages in order to improve workers
sleep related fatigue. Please call our main
office in Central Park, Perth City on 1300 484