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Safe work method statement - General issues - Shiftwork and fatigue

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Shiftwork and fatigue

Shift work includes both long-term night shifts and work schedules in which employees change or rotate shifts.


Tasks associated with the undertaking of shift work at a workplace include:

  • Work rostering and scheduling as a preventative control measure for reducing the amount of night work;
  • Access to and egressing from a workplace after hours;
  • Assessment of work environment for hazards and risks;
  • Establish a good sleep pattern and dietary habits;
  • Communication between employees and persons at a workplace.

Safety procedure includes

Shiftwork arrangements safe work method statement

Shiftwork arrangements safe work method statement is a 11 page document compliant with statute OHS reporting requirements. It identifies known hazards and risks, and outlines the control measures to be implemented to eliminate or minimise the risk of death, injury or illness generated as a result of undertaking a shiftwork arrangement.

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Control measures

Control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of death or injury to persons are addressed in the safe work method statement as per the following sections.

  • Consultation with employees.
  • Generation of hazards.
  • No instruction as to administrative controls to be implemented.
  • No instruction as to control measures to be implemented.
  • Disturbed sleep patterns.
  • Poor dietary and eating habits.
  • Training requirements.
  • Failure to monitor controls.
  • Risk matrix and descriptors.
  • Additional hazards, risks and controls.
  • Approval and change management form.
  • Sign-off for shiftwork arrangements.

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