Helping the mining and petroleum industry evaluate and manage workplace fatigue is an important focus for the Resources Regulator. .

What is fatigue?

Fatigue may be defined as a decreased capability to perform mental or physical work, produced as a function of inadequate sleep, circadian disruption or time on task (Brown, 1994)

Why is fatigue such an issue?

Fatigue become an issue in the NSW mining and extractives industry with the introduction of 24 hour operations and the issue was further exacerbated with the introduction of 12 hour shifts. With more focus on commuting accidents and fatalities, there is growing concern about the effect of fatigue on mine workers and on general road users.