Fatigue management guidelines for the forestry industry

How to identify, manage, reduce or eliminate risk factors for fatigue in forestry workers.
Last updated

Mar 2004

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Document length

36 pages

What it contains

Fatigue in forestry workers is a major issue. Without proper management of the physical and mental demands of logging operations (falling, harvesting and haulage), fatigue can contribute to serious injury or death. This document covers:

  • general causes, signs and personal impact of fatigue
  • an employer’s responsibilities to reduce or eliminate fatigue in the workplace, and monitor employees’ health
  • other people’s responsibilities to help reduce or eliminate fatigue in the workplace
  • how to plan fatigue management and identify fatigue hazards
  • how you can assess the risks
  • how to control risks and hazards by eliminating or reducing them
  • risk control solutions for fatigue, including mental and physical demands, work scheduling and planning, working time, environmental conditions and individual factors
  • basic principles for reducing fatigue in the forestry industry
  • how to identify high, medium and low fatigue risk scenarios
  • how to monitor and review your fatigue management program

At the end of the document, you’ll find a reference for forestry workers to use to minimise their own risk of fatigue.

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