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Stress or fatigue information & guidance - sorted alphabetically by title.

Fatigue in construction (Fact sheet)

Construction work involves high-risk activities. To work safely, construction workers must be physically and mentally alert. This means that fatigue is a potential risk. Employers and employees have a responsibility to manage fatigue in the workplace.

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Fatigue: Quick guide

To work safely, workers should be physically and mentally alert. Fatigue is a state of physical and/or mental exhaustion that can lead to errors, and an increase in work incidents and injuries.

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Healthy work - Managing stress and fatigue in the workplace

On 9 July 2003, this guide about stress and fatigue was released. It is designed for those who advise employers.

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Morale, distress and healthy work

Morale, distress and healthy work is a summary factsheet about morale and challenge, distress and threat, and what healthy work looks like. This section also contains some useful tools and further information.

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Shift work - Managing shift work to minimise workplace fatigue (A guide for employers)

Part 1 defines fatigue, examines the causes of workplace fatigue, and explains how recovery happens. Then it presents and explains 12 key facts about workplace fatigue, and highlights the implications of these facts for employers. Part 2 presents a general framework for managing shift work to minimise workplace fatigue. It also offers some strategies for small employers who may not have the resources to fully develop the framework.

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Shift work - Managing shift work to minimise workplace fatigue (A guide for small businesses)

This booklet aims to help small businesses put strategies in place to establish a workplace which is healthy, safe and works well for everyone.

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Stress - Fact sheet

Stress is recognised in the Act in two ways: Stress may be the result of hazards in the workplace. Employers and others must have systems in place to monitor the work environment and ensure that hazards in that environment do not cause employees either physical or mental harm. Stress may cause hazards in the workplace. The Act defines hazards and harm in a comprehensive way so that all hazards and harm are covered. This includes harm caused by work-related stress and hazardous behaviour caused by certain temporary conditions, such as mental fatigue or traumatic shock.

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Stress and fatigue - Advice for employers and employees on reducing the impact of stress and fatigue

This pamphlet discusses stress and fatigue using the simple 'bucket model'. It discusses the many points at which interventions can occur to prevent stress and fatigue, such as making work congenial, organising work appropriately, managing people considerately, and promoting health and fitness. It also describes methods of assessing fatigue in the workplace.

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Stress and fatigue - The impact on health and safety in the workplace

This document is for occupational safety and health professionals in medical, safety, ergonomics and managerial roles. It provides a scientific overview of the various theories of stress and fatigue. It will allow reasonable and practical advice to be given to employers and employees and is accompanied by shorter, more practical documents that give useable 'rules of thumb'. This publication remains current as a scientific summary of stress and fatigue.

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PLEASE NOTE

On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.