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Safe work method statement - Motor vehicle - Driver fatigue

Driver fatigue from operating a vehicle

Driver fatigue occurs when a person has been operating a motor vehicle for excessive periods of time without sufficient or adequate rest breaks.


Tasks associated with the operation of a motor vehicle that may contribute to a person suffering fatigue would include:

  • Operation of motor vehicle for lengthy periods of time;
  • Loading or unloading the vehicle;
  • Inspecting, servicing or repairing the vehicle;
  • Inspecting or attending to the load on the vehicle;
  • Cleaning or refuelling the vehicle.

Safety procedure includes

Operating a motor vehicle - Driver fatigue

Driver fatigue 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 operating a motor vehicle for the lengthy periods of time resulting in fatigue of the operator.

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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.
  • Operation of a motor vehicle for lengthy periods of time.
  • Identification of the causes and signs of fatigue.
  • Impaired by fatigue whilst operating a motor vehicle.
  • Training requirements.
  • Failure to monitor controls.
  • Risk matrix and descriptors.
  • Additional hazards, risks and controls.
  • Approval and change management form.
  • Sign-off for driver fatigue.

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