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Fatigue in Transport.

Funding: National (Norway)

Transport themes: Freight transport , Transport management , Rail transport , Road transport , Water transport (sea & inland)

Background & policy context : Fatigue causes sleepiness and is detrimental to vigilance, attention, recall, reaction time and hand-eye coordination (Caldwell et al. 2009; Gall 2006). Increasing demands of modern life means that the prevalence of fatigue in the working population is increasing (Jettinghoff et al. 2005). Long, irregular shifts and highly monotonous tasks make many transport operators particularly vulnerable to fatigue.

Relatively little empirical work has been done to characterise fatigue and sleepiness as a problem in the Norwegian transport sector. This project sets out to provide a knowledge base for the improved management and regulation of fatigue as a risk for human operators of sea and land-based modes of transport in Norway. The project has been arranged in five work packages. WP1 is a literature review of research on fatigue in transport in Norway, followed by a consultation with the industry and subsequent survey. WP2 focuses on the sea sector, comprising an in-depth survey of the sector and a doctoral study that aims to characterise the risks due to fatigue at sea. WP3 is an evaluation of a Fatigue Management Program. WP4 aims to develop a tool to help organisations choose the best fatigue management approach. WP5 will help communicate the findings of the project.

Objectives : The primary aim of this project is to improve the knowledge base for the regulation and management of fatigue and reduced vigilance in transport operators in Norway. The secondary aims are to assemble knowledge on the prevalence, causes, outcomes and management of fatigue and reduced vigilance across transport sectors in Norway today; to chart in-depth the problem of fatigue and reduced vigilance in seafarers working on Norwegian vessels and to provide an in-depth demonstration of how fatigue influences accident risks at sea; to robustly evaluate a demonstration FMP (Fatigue Management Programme) implemented in a high-profile organisation with a large road fleet; to provide a tool to explain how fatigue management measures should be selected, according to different organisational contingencies; and to document the contribution of monotonous tasks to reduced vigilance in safety and security across transport sectors in Norway.

Methodology : WP1. Literature review, followed by interviews with key industry resources and a small scale survey across the sectors.

WP2. Large-scale survey of the sea sector and Bayesian and cognitive reliability and error analysis of international incidents on the seas.

WP3. Before-after evaluation of basic fatigue management intervention in a large car fleet, with a control group.

WP4. Literature review and tool development.

Research Programme : TRANSIKK

Partners : The doctoral study is supervised by NTNU.

The reference group for the project co

country :Norway

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Publication:Mena Report
Geographic Code:4EXNO
Date:Aug 27, 2014
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