Fatigue risk site assessment and auditing
For larger clients who have introduced global policies or standards for managing fatigue, Clockwork Research provides a fatigue risk site assessment and auditing service.
Fatigue risk site assessments may be required where a group or groups at a site are involved in activities that are susceptible to the effects of fatigue (e.g. haul truck drivers, control room operators, emergency response teams), and/or the consequences of fatigue impacting on their performance would be significant. Clearly, both oil and gas and mining operations feature groups involved in a wide range of activities that are safety-critical, susceptible to the effects of fatigue, and have the potential to cause major undesirable consequences.
A fatigue risk site assessment employs a range of data collection techniques. For example, published rosters may be analysed using a bio-mathematical fatigue model, to identify groups at risk of fatigue due to features of their roster. Subsequently, an environmental assessment may be conducted to identify features of the work environment that might contribute to fatigue (e.g. environmental conditions, the ergonomics of the workplace and job design characteristics).
The assessment may also involve conducting interviews with representative groups of employees engaged in key roles or parts of the operation identified by the initial analysis and discussions with the safety team. At the conclusion of the assessment the site management is provided with an actions checklist detailing recommendations to enable them to achieve compliance with the company’s FRM standards. Training may also be provided so that the site has a local pool of qualified fatigue champions.
At the end of the site assessment our team leave the site management team with an Action Plan detailing the main contributors to fatigue, and key tasks that should be completed to enable the site to progress to the next level of compliance. For sites that are introducing a Fatigue Management Plan (FMP), the Action Plan can be used to support the development of the FMP.
To date, Clockwork has successfully conducted fatigue risk site assessments at sites in Australia, Angola, Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Libya, New Zealand, Oman, Peru, Qatar, Scotland and the USA.