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Julian Barling, Christopher M. Barnes, Erica Carleton, and David T. Wagner

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190217662

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190217662.001.0001

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Fatigue and Safety at Work

Fatigue and Safety at Work

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(p.171) Chapter 9 Fatigue and Safety at Work
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Work and Sleep
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Jennifer H. K. Wong

E. Kevin Kelloway

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190217662.003.0009

This chapter examines the safety consequences of fatigue-related constructs. Fatigue is conceptualized as both characteristics of previous night's sleep and sleepiness during the day. The chapter also covers job-related (e.g., long working hours, shift work, task characteristics) and individual factors (e.g., age, gender, lifestyle factors) that contribute to fatigue. Human error is proposed to be one of the mechanism by which fatigue influences workplace safety. Strategies for counteracting fatigue, both individual (e.g., stimulants, naps) and organizational (e.g., policy and legislation, shift work scheduling), are presented. The chapter concludes with a discussion on limitations and future directions for research in fatigue and occupational safety.

Keywords:   fatigue, occupational safety, sleep, sleepiness, human error

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