On 30 August 2016 the MSAC Chairman Carl Scull launches fatigue fact sheet – Why we need sleep

On 30 August 2016 the MSAC Chairman Carl Scully Launched a fact sheet on fatigue about why in a 24/7 industry sleep is important.  The fact sheet was launched at the NSW Minerals Council WHS&E Conference.

Why we need sleep - How fatigue affects you

There are health, safety, performance and wellbeing advantages from having adequate sleep. Aim for seven to eight hours sleep within a 24-hour period.

Attempts to reduce the effects of fatigue have had little impact compared to similar campaigns around other issues such as drink driving and smoking, which have had significant improvements in the social acceptance for effective management strategies. While the focus on managing hours of work and rest are useful, a better understanding of why we sleep and how sleep affects the safety, health and productivity of everybody could be beneficial. Fatigue can affect everyone and it’s often insufficient sleep that is the main cause.

A copy of the fact sheet can be downloaded by clicking here