Lifestyle Factors and RTW: Fatigue

A. Richey

Fatigue is often the result of a lack of sleep, prolonged mental or physical work, or lengthy periods of stress or anxiety. Sound familiar?

As fatigue is not easily measurable, it is difficult to determine the statistical impact of fatigue on workplace accidents. Research has shown however that when people sleep for less than five hours or when they have been awake more than 16 hours, the chance of making mistakes at work increases.  WorksafeBC reported that 17 hours awake is equivalent to a blood alcohol level of 0.05, 21 hours awake is equivalent to 0.08 and 24 to ...

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