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Case Study: FRM in Remote Desert Site

Background: Baines Simmons Fatigue Risk Management Team (FRM) were commissioned by a global organisation’s Occupational Health Team to explore, for the first time, the sleep and fatigue of long-stay personnel living and working at a remote desert site. The study assessed the sleep duration, sleep quality and fatigue of personnel...Read more

Revenge Bedtime Procrastination

The term ‘Revenge Bedtime Procrastination’ originates from China where people can work a ‘996’ schedule, working 9am to 9pm, 6 days a week. However, it’s a behaviour that many of us may recognise. The concept is that people sacrifice sleep in order to create personal time, staying up late online,...Read more

Daily routines and sleep

Over this last year many of us have lost our usual daily routines, with no commute, lunch times with colleagues or clear time differences between office and home time. While this in itself is not necessarily a concern, routine helps cement the position of our circadian rhythm (body clock) and...Read more

Say Goodnight to Fatigue Risk With New Virtual Training Course From Baines Simmons

With the Covid-19 pandemic throwing traditional working patterns and staffing levels into disarray, particularly across the aviation industry, it’s never been more vital for employers to consider the impact of fatigue on their workforce. While many in the aviation industry have been grounded, those still working in air freight, cabin...Read more

Understanding the consequences of alcohol on sleep

Alcohol will make you sleepy, but you won’t sleep well for about an hour after your first alcoholic drink, your brain is stimulated to release dopamine, the so-called “happy hormone”. When you consume more alcohol though, it switches from being a stimulant to a sedative and slows down your central nervous...Read more

Extended Hours

In order to maintain a high level of alertness and performance, we are best suited to being awake for no more than about 16 hours following 8 hours of good quality sleep, although these values can differ slightly among individuals. However, you cannot ‘train’ yourself to work for longer or...Read more

Managing Driver Sleepiness

Understanding the risks: Sleepiness contributes to approximately 1 in 5 fatal and serious road accidents. When we are feeling sleepy, for example after a night shift, driving is one of the most dangerous things we can do. Sleepiness reduces alertness, slows reaction times, and increases the likelihood of being involved...Read more

Sleep, Wellbeing and the Pandemic

One lesson the pandemic has taught us all is the interrelationship between our wellbeing and how well we are sleeping. For some the changes brought about by the pandemic have created positives for wellbeing. For example, those lucky enough to still be working, are probably relieved and grateful to still...Read more

Dying for a break? Human factors and fatigue management in the MRO sector

The RAeS Human Factors Group in Engineering (HFG:E) project team: COLLEEN BUTLER, HSE’s Science Division; ANNA VEREKER, Civil Aviation Authority; KAREN ROBERTSON, QinetiQ and SARAH BOOTH, Clockwork Research, consider the risks and management of fatigue for aircraft engineers.  Published RAeS AEROSPACE MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 2020 Discussion of fatigue in aviation incidents...Read more

Measuring and managing fatigue risk in the ‘new normal’

Adapting to the new normal has placed extra demands on fatigue risk management (FRM) to ensure that flight operations remain safe. FRM must now consider both the potential risk associated with the new operating environment and rosters, and the myriad of consequences that Covid-19 has for crew sleep health and...Read more