MANAGING FITNESS FOR WORK PETER SIMPSON BOYLAN SIMPSON & SIMPSON CORPORATE PSYCHOLOGY SERVICES T (08) 9211 3700 / F (08) 9211 3711
FITNESS FOR WORK Being “FIT FOR WORK” means that you are a state that you can perform your duties effectively and in a way that does not threaten your own or other’s safety or health.
THE CAUSES OF IMPAIRMENT Alcohol Medication Psychological factors Stress Illegal drugs Caffeine & nicotine Medical conditions Fatigue IMPAIRMENT
DRUGS AND WORK TRAUMA 24% of patients from industrial / constructions sites were positive for alcohol or other drugs N = 62 56% of patients from a “trade” or “service” area were positive for alcohol or other drugs N = 61 ROYAL ADELAIDE HOSPITAL - TRAUMA STUDY - APRIL 2007
SOME FATIGUE EXAMPLES FATIGUE RISK Working at night Obstructive sleep apnoea SOLUTIONS Roster design Napping policy Alertness mgt Nap before night shift #1 Pre-employment medical Weight loss
FATIGUE LEVELS SHIFT / ROSTER Night work Hours worked No. consecutive days / nights Rotation Breaks Cycle length No. shift changes WORK CULTURE Work pressure Support for self management Work practises - job rotation - napping NATURE OF WORK Mental load Physical load ENVIRONMENT Temperature Noise Light levels Vibration Humidity Exposures ONSITE SLEEPING ENVIRONMENT Air conditioning Inside toilets Noise Light control INDIVIDUAL CHARACTERISTICS Suitability for night work Age Fitness Chronic illness Sleeping disorders PRIVATE COMMITMENTS Family Social activities Study / other jobs etc SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE Sleep habits Ability to nap AOD use Nutrition Management of stress Preparation for first night shift COMMUTING Daily Start / end cycle