Overview

Driving while fatigued is a significant road safety concern. Specific findings vary, however studies in Canada and several other countries show that driver fatigue is a contributing factor in 15-30% of all vehicle crashes*.

If your employees drive for work, these pages explain what fatigue is, why it is so hazardous and who is at risk. As well, there are ideas and resources to help you decide on the measures you can apply to reduce the risks of fatigue-related crashes in your organization.

If driving is one of your work responsibilities, information below also explains how to recognize when fatigue is affecting your driving abilities, and several practical things you can do to fight fatigue.

  • Fatigue Basics

    This section provides statistics that illustrate how significant of a road safety issue fatigue has become, defines and describes driving fatigue, and explains the primary factors that contribute to fatigue.

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  • Impacts and Risk Groups

    Look here to learn about physiological impacts of fatigue, and how they impair a driver’s ability to perform safely and reliably. Some individuals and groups are at greater risk of becoming fatigued; find out if you or your employees fit those categories.

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  • Tools and Resources for Employers

    See practical guidance that will help you recognize a fatigued employee, and the things you can do to reduce fatigue-related risks for your driving employees. Find out about fatigue monitoring devices, and Fatigue Risk Management Systems that have become mandatory in some jurisdictions.

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  • Tools and Resources for Employees

    Learn how to recognize the signs and determine if you are becoming fatigued. Read about the practical ways by which you can reduce your fatigue risks, plus the simple steps you can take to combat fatigue in your own workplace on wheels.

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* Horne, J. A. and Reyner, L. A. (1995) Sleep related vehicle accidents; Connor, J., Norton, R., Ameratunga, S. et al. (2002) Driver sleepiness and risk of serious injury to car occupants: population based case control study; Fatigue and Road Safety: A Critical Analysis of Recent Evidence (2011) Road Safety Web Publication No. 21, Department for Transport; Elzohairy, Y. (2007). Fatal and Injury Fatigue-Related Crashes on Ontario’s Roads: A 5-Year Review.


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