The Risk Of Fatigue

Fatigue is generally considered to be a decline in mental and/or physical performance that results from prolonged exertion, sleep loss and/or disruption of the internal clock. It is also related to workload, in that workers are more easily fatigued if their work is machine-paced, complex or monotonous.

Fatigue can result in:

  • slower reactions
  • reduced ability to process information
  • memory lapses
  • absent-mindedness
  • decreased awareness
  • lack of attention
  • underestimation of risk
  • reduced coordination

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