In the past six months, Chris Langer, CIRAS Intelligence Manager, has written a few articles for various transport publications on the subject of fatigue.

What didn’t surprise us was the effects that fatigue can have on individuals, and with our background in rail, we knew this had a history of contributing to numerous rail incidents over the years. What did surprise us was the lack of understanding that some organisations have on this subject and therefore the management of it in the workplace.

The rail industry and Network Rail have standards and guidelines on this subject, but despite Members share solutions and good practice on fatigue at learning forums these controls, CIRAS still receives reports from rail staff. Recently some reports received showed peer pressure was a driving force in causing such risk, and then to add to this was fear of retribution should staff raise concerns about it.

So the matter of fatigue in the workplace hasn’t yet been solved but there are many good practices out there that we are aware of, and through the CIRAS process, we have been able to pull together a video that shows some of the solutions our members introduced, that staff and management from other transport modes or organisations can consider adopting.

The video was originally devised following discussions between Chris and Abellio London and Surrey (Bus). The video explores a number of aspects of fatigue, looking closely at shifts, breaks and rest periods and how they can be effectively managed.