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The napping ‘valley of death’ – how long should you really nap for?

Feb 01, 2017 ISS Comments (0)

Two members of the ISS team are currently travelling through Spain, a country well known for it's afternoon siestas. We all love a good siesta, but have you ever woken up from a nap wondering where you are or what day it is? 

Other than a long sleep, napping is the best countermeasure to fatigue caused by sleep loss, extended wakefulness or circadian pressure. Studies have shown that naps as short as 10 minutes can still give you a boost, even when taken in the afternoon and can help to reduce impairment at night. However, Dr Fiona Kerr from the University of Adelaide has stated that sleeping between half an hour and an hour can enter you into the napping ‘valley of death’ – a ‘fuzzy headed’ feeling when the frontal lobe has powered down, that can leave one feeling more tired than you were originally feeling.

With that in mind, there are two lengths of time that Dr Kerr has recommended:

• The power nap – 15-20 minutes
• The full cycle – 60-90 minutes maximum
Be sure to give yourself time to wake up before completing any safety critical tasks.
For more information on napping, click here or leave a comment below.




Tesla on Bosch Autopilot

Jan 25, 2017 ISS Comments (0)

In October we saw Bosch Australia in partnership with the Victorian Government, TAC and VicRoads, test drive a self-driving car around Albert Park, Victoria. Although it's no Formula 1 car, Gavin Smith, President of Bosch Australia has stated that the Bosch engineered Tesla is the most advanced of the Bosch autonomous cars.

The autonomous technology includes a number of inbuilt radars, sensors and cameras, to not only detect the environment and hazards outside the vehicle but to also monitor internal hazards such as driver fatigue. 

Automation in aircraft was first introduced in the 1980's in order to reduce error and increase efficiency. The advancement seen since then is astounding - it's difficult not to get excited about what is in store for road vehicles.

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Ultra-long haul flights - How long is too long?

Jan 18, 2017 ISS Comments (0)

We're off to the UK tonight, on our first of many trips overseas this year. While working out our sleep routine, in order for us to hit the ground running, we were reminded of Qantas' announcement last month to fly non-stop from Perth to London.

A drop in oil prices is not the only thing fueling the rife competition for airlines to fly passengers on the world's longest non-stop commercial flight. The introduction of efficient, ultra-long range aircraft has allowed airlines like Emirates and their Boeing 777-200LR to fly non-stop from Dubai to Auckland daily, covering a massive 14,200 km (8,823 miles) during approximately 18 hours. Other airlines have begun announcing plans of launching flight sectors such as Doha to Santiago and Singapore to New Jersey.

If the thought a minimum 16-hour flight makes you sleepy, spare a thought for the crew who's job it is to get you to your destination safely. Although airlines are doing what they can to mitigate the risk of fatigue (such as using two full sets of crew), being awake for long periods of time, crossing multiple time zones and have a disrupted circadian rhythm can all contribute significantly to fatigue. 

Please comment and tell us what excites (or scares) you the most about these sorts of ultra-long range flights. 

Fatigued coal miner awarded $1.25 million in damages

Jan 11, 2017 ISS Comments (0)


Last month in Australia, a central Queensland coal miner was awarded $1.25 million in personal damages after sustaining injuries from an accident whilst driving home fatigued.

The Supreme Court found the mining company and its contractors had not done enough to reduce the risk of fatigue in the workplace. It had become common practice for miners to drive long periods of time after consecutive 12-hour night shifts, sometimes six or more hours.

To read the Australian government media news article, click here or click Read More for the link.


Happy New Year and Safe Travels!

Jan 04, 2017 ISS Comments (0)

Holidays are one of the most high-risk periods on our roads. Unfortunately, both accident and fatality rates are significantly worse during these times. If you're driving during the holidays, be sure to help manage the risks of driver fatigue by:

  • Taking regular breaks (planned and as-required too)
  • Sharing the driving with someone if possible
  • Limiting the length of your drive, or breaking it over multiple days
  • Not driving during the time you'd normally be asleep
  • Making sleep a top priority the day or two before a long trip
  • Ensuring you adjust your plans instead of driving under pressure to reach an unrealistic journey plan
  • Taking a power nap if you're feeling drowsy, and give yourself at least 10 minutes to wake up again before driving
To help ensure you are not too tired before you set off, go through a Driver Fatigue Checklist

From the team at ISS, we wish you all a happy and safe New Year!



Goodbye 2016, and hello 2017!

Dec 22, 2016 ISS Comments (0)


As the year comes to a close it felt like time for a brief update. We have been quiet in our public broadcasts for some time, mainly because we had such a busy year completing client projects. That’s obviously a good thing, and we have had fun while doing it which is even better. In 2016 the team and I travelled a lot within Australia and to Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Singapore, Sweden, the UK and Vietnam.

Next year we already have contracts that will take us to France, Portugal, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands and Vietnam. In March I will also be heading to the 10th International Conference on Managing Fatigue in San Diego, with Karen and Juanita from the ISS team. I will be facilitating the full-day workshop on the practice of Fatigue Management the day before the conference. We will also be presenting two papers within the main program and are also supporting the event by sponsoring the Welcome Reception (so come and have a drink on me!).

Finally, and actually most importantly, I want to say thank you to our clients, and also for your ongoing interest in what we do. The field of Fatigue Management has advanced rapidly in the last 20 years, and with the current explosion in automation and augmentation technologies I am certain it will only speed up from here.

As always, if you have any Fatigue Management requirements you need to discuss, please get in contact with me or anyone in the team. Our office will be closed until January the 10th but emails will continue to be monitored at times before then.

Thank you and cheers, Dr Adam Fletcher

Free Fatigue Induction video for your workforce

Oct 23, 2015 ISS Comments (0)

Fatigue is an ever present danger on many work sites.

It can be a silent killer, as its symptoms are not always known to workers or their supervisors. Sadly, workforces that are not familiar with the effects of fatigue can be at significant risk. Indeed, fatigue may only be identified once an incident occurs and an investigation reports fatigue as a contributing factor. 

Integrated Safety Support is pleased to offer this free Fatigue Induction Video to help you educate your workforce. This video is an 8-minute fatigue management program with no assessment questions. The course is designed to raise awareness of fatigue as a risk and the personal responsibility to manage those risks. It is suited to all operational employees and a valuable resource to use during employment induction.

We encourage you to watch this video and share it with your team.

If Integrated Safety Support can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us in regards to other fatigue risk management services that may be of help to your workforce. 

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