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Back to work blues

Jan 09, 2019 ISS Comments (0)

For many of us, the end-of-year festive season is a busy time, catching up with friends and family, indulging in over-eating and attempting to get some much needed quality sleep! However, despite possibly sleeping more than usual, holidays can still leave you feeling tired. This is especially the case during the demanding festive season.

Aspects of the festive sleep that can affect your sleep include:

Research has shown that people often experience fatigue and stress during the holidays:


Additionally, with all the changes in sleep, alcohol and nutrition, the end of holidays marks the end of pleasant and enjoyable activities that would not usually be part of the average routine day. There could definitely be a link to how we spent our holidays, to how we cope with returning to work, and how quickly the benefits of holidays fade away.

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Goodbye 2018, hello 2019!

Dec 19, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

As 2018 draws to a close I wanted to send out a personal thank you.

Along with the rest of the Integrated Safety Support team, I appreciate your ongoing interest in our work, which this year has again taken us far and wide to places including Vietnam, India, Singapore, Brazil, Columbia, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom as well as Australia & New Zealand.

As automation and other technologies change how workforces are best used and kept safe, our most sought-after offerings range from basics (e.g. online training courses) to complex strategic advice on how to manage human risks within change programs.

If there are any 2019+ priorities that you would like to talk with us about please contact me.  

 

Yours sincerely, Dr Adam Fletcher & the team from Integrated Safety Support.

 

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Is napping at work the new norm?

Sep 26, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

Tired or fatigued employees can have a significant effect in the workplace, reducing productivity through personal days, reduced hours and a general decline in efficiency while working. The solution is simple, and no, it does not involve drinking copious amounts of coffee. Studies have shown napping to be quite beneficial, improving alertness and performance.

 

Workplaces around the world, such as some air traffic control organisations, have formalised a controlled napping procedure, where naps are built into a controller's daily schedule. The most beneficial nap we would recommend is one of 20-25 minutes in length, however, even a 10-minute power nap is enough to improve one's cognitive function and reaction time. 

 

It is advisable to limit your naps to less than 30 minutes, in order to minimise sleep inertia -  the period of impaired performance and grogginess experienced after waking - and allow yourself to wake up.

 

Join us in Singapore for our Fatigue Management & Human Factors in our 24-hour Society event in March 2019 to find out more about what the current research tells us about naps. For more information on napping, contact us via Facebook , LinkedIn , Twitter or comment below.

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Fighting fatigue

Aug 28, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

The national defence research agency of Singapore, DSO National Laboratories (DSO) have been busy developing a driver fatigue system. The system monitors fatigue by using an eye tracker and EEG (Electroencephalography) to detect sleep spindles - the sudden bursts of oscillatory brain activity that occurs when you are sleepy. It intervenes 10 minutes before a driver falls asleep by vibrating on the zygomatic area of the head, which has a direct connection to the part of the brain that wakes one up.

The technology was developed to help keep defence personnel safe when driving long distances in training. However, it can also be applied in other 24-hour industries.  


Frederick Tey, Program Manager from the DSO National Laboratories “A lot of times we think that we can probably try and go that extra mile, but the moment you go into microsleep, that very split second, you could end up in an accident”. For more on the work from Frederick Tey, click here.

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Things you didn't know about daylight saving time

Mar 28, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

By now, most of us have either moved in or out of daylight saving time (DST). For us here in Melbourne Australia, it signals the rapid decline into cold and dark winter, making us slightly jealous of our friends in the northern hemisphere! However, we’ve been doing some interesting reading about moving into DST, that has made the thought of rugging up that little bit easier!

According to research:

Not all is bleak when it comes to DST! Research has found that criminal activity such as robberies decreases by 7% following the shift to DST.

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Minimising Fatigue in Formula 1

Mar 21, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

The Formula 1 is a race of skill, stamina and endurance, where drivers are behind the wheel of a race car for hours at a time with massive forces working against their bodies. Drivers are susceptible to both physical and mental fatigue, and like most athletes, require adequate levels of sleep, nutrition and recovery to manage their fatigue.

Australia’s own Daniel Ricciardo and his performance coach, Stuart Smith, explain how the Redbull Racer keeps himself in prime condition for racing, by following three important elements:

  • Switching off
  • Training
  • Maintaining Routines

These elements are a great way to help manage fatigue and are not just exclusively for athletes. Smith states that it is essential to completely unwind and get a proper mental and physical break. And for those crossing time zones like the Formula 1 teams, ensuring that you have adequate travel time before race day is essential, to be able to acclimatise to time zones and the environment.

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Alyth Yard derailment

Oct 13, 2017 ISS Comments (0)

On the morning of the 18th February 2016, a Canadian Pacific Railway freight train derailed 13 cars in Alyth Yard, Canada. The train was only moving 4 km/h at the time, resulting in no injuries.

The investigation report published by the Transport Safety Board (TSB) identified fatigue as a contributing factor, stating "the locomotive engineer was likely fatigued due to poor-quality sleep in the 2 weeks prior to the occurrence and being awake for at least 23 hours at the time of the accident". The engineer involved had woken up early the day before the incident and was anticipating to be called to work that afternoon. However, he learned later on in the day that he wouldn't be called to work until the evening. Despite not being sufficiently rested, the engineer did not call in unfit for work due to fears of disciplinary action. 

Fatigue Management is a shared responsibility between employers and employees, including factors that are both internal and external to the work place. 

 

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