News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Be Awake To Fatigue Over Christmas Period

Health Workers Urged To Be Awake To Fatigue Over Christmas Period

ACC is reminding health practitioners and their managers to beware of fatigue as they work over the Christmas period, especially when driving to and from work.

“Fatigue can have a serious impact on all areas of a worker’s life,” ACC’s Health Programme Manager Darren Knight said. “It’s more than just being tired at the end of the day. Fatigue can seriously impact on a person’s ability to carry out mental and physical activities.

“Health professionals, especially nurses, are exposed to many of the factors that lead to fatigue, including a heavy workload, long hours and irregular shifts,” he said.

Fatigue can contribute to compromises in patient safety, but the health practitioners themselves are also at risk, especially as they drive home after finishing their shifts.

“One of the problems with fatigue is that often the fatigued person doesn’t realise it,” Mr Knight said. “So be watchful for signs of fatigue in co-workers too.”

“If you are blinking frequently or yawning, your thoughts are wandering and you can’t remember driving the last few kilometres, are unintentionally speeding up or slowing down, you could be fatigued and may be putting yourself and other road-users in danger.”

Employers and managers are required to do all they can to minimise fatigue in the workplace, just like any other hazard. That can be done by looking into how workflow is organised and scheduled, ensuring that breaks are taken, and that people don’t work on their own for long periods.

“Employers should also develop a Fatigue Management Plan and ensure that all employees are well aware of the dangers of fatigue, how to spot the signs and how to minimise it,” Darren Knight said. “The bottom line, however, is that the only cure for fatigue is sleep.”

There is more information for both employers and employees in the Injury Prevention area of ACC’s website,


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news