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Countermeasures to grogginess found by work research

A study on a workplace sleep issue that costs Australian employers $2.25 billion per year has highlighted the strategic use of caffeine, light and sound to counteract grogginess and cognitive impairments.


Sleepy workers at risk of immediate and chronic injuries

Insufficient sleep can have immediate and long-term impacts on injury rates, and quickly identifying and treating sleep difficulties in workers can reduce incidents both within workplaces and during commutes, researchers have found.


Do workplace naps increase alertness, improve WHS?

Scheduled nap breaks for night shift workers can improve alertness and safety when they're most likely to be fatigued, but the strategy has mixed results for melatonin regulation.


Convoy injury satisfies "substantial connection" test

The decision of two workers to drive home in convoy after night shifts created a "real and substantial connection" between their employment and an accident that led to one of them developing post-traumatic stress disorder, a commission has ruled.


Inquiry blames "safety crisis" on big companies, pay rates

Regulatory strategies aimed at curbing drug use, speeding and driving while fatigued in the heavy vehicle sector are doing little to address the systemic causes of this behaviour, highlighting the urgent need for an independent body empowered to eliminate unsafe economic practices, a Senate inquiry has found.


Workers suffering low sleep "efficiency", need training

Sleep surveillance should be part of routine workplace training and medical assessment procedures for industries where fatigue is a safety risk factor, UK researchers say in a study demonstrating the prevalence of low sleep efficiency.


Work safety measures put to FIFO harassment inquiry

Accommodation facilities for workers should be equipped with "panic buttons", specially trained security personnel and other safety measures, unions have told a parliamentary inquiry into the harassment of women in the fly-in-fly-out industry.

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