Fatigue Risk Management Systems

Ethos Health’s Fatigue Risk Management System provides a clear, systematic and demonstrable process that enables personnel to be trained to basic skill levels to enable them to preventatively respond to avoid a fatigue-related incident.

What causes worker fatigue?

Fatigue is not a disease, but rather a symptom of many different situations, illnesses or conditions and can be defined quite simply as a feeling of weariness, tiredness or lack of energy. The presentation of fatigue can be unpredictable and its causes diverse, making its management difficult. Factors include; 

  • Biological factors 
  • Life away from work 
  • Organisational factors
  • Work demands  

No one is immune to fatigue and the effects can range from an error in a familiar task to a fatal accident. Where fatigue is a recognised risk in these working environments there are legislated obligation to manage the risks to health and safety.

fatigued worker

Biological Factors 

  • Sleep quality and quantity 
  • Health 
  • Circadian rhythm 
  • Gender 
  • Age

Life away from work 

  • Family and friends  
  • Socio-economic factors  
  • Commute to work 
  • Commitments 
  • Studying 
  • ...and more 

Organisational factors  

  • Predictability of work  
  • Work roster  
  • Safety culture
  • Economic environment  
  • ...and more

Biological Factors 

  • Sleep quality and quantity 
  • Health 
  • Circadian rhythm 
  • Gender 
  • Age

Managing workforce fatigue

  • Maximum work hour caps
  • Scheduled breaks
  • Work hour monitoring and alerts
  • Smoking
  • Nutrition
  • Alcohol
  • Physical Activity
  • Stress (Mental health)
  • Health surveillance
  • Obesity
  • Sleep
  • Home & social commitments
  • Task rotation
  • Self-pacing of work
  • Task sharing
  • Controlled work environments (e.g temp, respite areas)
  • Traffic division
  • Comprehensive fatigue training
  • Point-in-time fatigue self assessments (Check)
  • Warning alarms
  • Lane departure
  • Proximity sensors
  • Infra-red camera
  • Car pooling
  • Supervision or Buddying observations
  • Supervisor training

Ethos Health have adopted a multilayer control approach to manage the risk of fatigue. The diagram to the left illustrates that there are many layers of defence between a hazard and an accident. In theory, lapses or weaknesses in one control layer do not allow a risk to materialise, since other control layers also exist, preventing a single point of failure. 

Why trust us?


We can support leaders to develop a clear vision and method to reduce fatigue-related  risk.  


Our tools and training provide a vehicle for  shared and personal responsibility to manage fatigue.


We can provide you with the tools to operationalise a fatigue risk management system. 


Provide your workers with the knowledge, skill and resources to respond to fatigue impairment and risk.  


Our Fatigue Risk Management Team

Dr Trent Watson - CEO & Fatigue Consultant

Dr Trent Watson

CEO, Health & Safety Consultant

Trent has 17 years’ experience working and reviewing the impact of health- and fatigue-related interventions in the mining, transport, maritime, utilities, food and industries.

Trent’s experience, capability and currency of providing subject matter expertise regarding fatigue is illustrated by working in the area for more than a decade with a range of multinational companies. This work includes subject matter expertise in fatigue and design of Fatigue Risk Management Systems, as well as, provision of other support services.


PhD, BHSc (N&D), Dip WHS, Cert IV TAE

Matt Cooper - Workplace Health & Safety Consultant

Matt Cooper

Health & Safety Specialist

Combining a BSc Degree in Sport Performance and Postgraduate Certificate in Organisational Safety and Human Factors Matt has a unique background in how human factors influence all aspects to workplace performance and safety.

Matt’s knowledge also extends to the physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, sociology and psychology areas of performance. As a Trainer and Assessor Matt joined the Ethos Health team in 2015, and his ever-widening content knowledge and engaging delivery style has seen him maintain a net approval score greater than eight for his delivery across fatigue and injury prevention programs.


BSc (Hons), GradCert, TAE Cert IV, WHS Diploma

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