Fatigue Management Training

workSMART Academy offers a variety of fatigue management certification workshops and training programs to help every level of your organization understand and manage workplace fatigue. Offerings include:

Certification Workshops


Understanding Fatigue: Causes, Consequences and Controls (1-Day Workshop)


Being awake is not enough! It does not mean that we are performing as well as we could or should. Inadequate sleep results in fatigue impairment, leading to increases in human error as well as significant health & safety consequences including elevated risk for diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, certain cancers, even Alzheimer’s.

Understanding Fatigue: Causes, Consequences & Controls is a one-day workshop where you will learn:

  • The science behind fatigue accumulation
  • The neurobiology of sleep and sleep disorders
  • Organizational hazards contributing to fatigue
  • Personal factors contributing to fatigue
  • The impact of fatigue and drowsiness on health, safety and performance
  • Current and future legal liabilities, regulatory impacts and industry standards
  • Personal strategies including sleep hygiene and other lifestyle modifiers
  • Organizational strategies including tools and technologies to detect, monitor and intervene


Current Understanding Fatigue Open Call Course Schedule: 

There are currently no open call courses for our Understanding Fatigue Workshop. Please continue to visit our website or sign up for our e-mail list to be alerted of new courses as they are announced. 


Fatigue Systems Specialist (4-Day Workshop)


In the first workshop of its kind, students learn how to establish a clearly-defined and measurable in-house Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS) as well as how to assess and mitigate fatigue-related risk using scientifically-proven, evidence-based tools and strategies. To receive certification status and FSS Designation, participants will be evaluated during course activities and must submit documentation to demonstrate their knowledge after completion of the course. All participants will be provided with access to WorkSMART’s FSS portal, filled with additional research and support resources.

What you will Learn - Day One: Understanding Fatigue

  • The science behind fatigue accumulation
  • The neurobiology of sleep
  • Fatigue impairment
  • Organizational factors contributing to fatigue
  • Personal factors contributing to fatigue

What you will Learn - Day Two: Assessing Fatigue-Related Risk

  • Introduction to a fatigue risk incident trajectory
  • A review of tools for shift schedule evaluation
  • Scientifically-backed analysis tools and technologies for the detection, monitoring, and intervention of fatigue
  • Error and incident analysis tools

What you will Learn - Day Three: Fatigue Risk Controls

  • Review of worker strategies
  • Review of organizational strategies
  • Program measurement and evaluation

What you will Learn - Day Four: How to Implement a Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS)

  • Introduction to a six-step management system
  • How to complete a needs assessment and identify critical gaps
  • The right way to collect stakeholder input
  • Establishing your strategic framework
  • Identifying key performance metrics
  • Tying your FRMS into your fit-for-duty process
  • Streamlining your FRMS with your safety management system

Current FSS Open Call Course Schedule: 

There are currently no open call courses for our Fatigue Systems Specialist Workshop. Please continue to visit our website or sign up for our e-mail list to be alerted of new courses as they are announced. 


    Education and Awareness Training

    The following training sessions are designed to be delivered in-house to your organization. Please contact us for your custom training session quote. 

    Supervisor Training: Introduction to Fatigue Management

    Useful for:  Managers, Supervisors, OHS Consultants, S&H Committees

    This one-day fatigue management training session is designed to educate management about the effects of shift work, overtime, and on-call practices concerning performance, a risk for errors or omissions, as well as health and safety costs.

    Participants will learn practical fatigue management tools and strategies for implementation at the organizational level.


    Topics Covered:

    • Consequences of fatigue including risk for human error, safety, and the corporate bottom line
    • Fatigue as it relates to physical work, mental work, and driving activities
    • Corporate factors that influence fatigue including shift design work pace, environmental design, and job demands
    • Biological factors that influence fatigue including circadian rhythms
    • Personal factors that influence fatigue including the impact of age sleep habits and disorders, medications and substance abuse
    • Fatigue impairment vs. alcohol impairment
    • Analysis of shift schedules and overtime practices
    • Principles of fatigue risk assessment and control
    • Incorporating fatigue countermeasures
    • Legal liabilities and due diligence
    • Technology and fatigue detection


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    Workforce Training: Coping with Shift Work

    Useful for:  Shift workers, family members, supervisors, H&S Committees

    It's not easy being a shift worker, or a shift worker's spouse. It's difficult to sleep, you have little energy, you're arguing more and more with your family, and your stomach has never given you so much trouble.  

    This shift work training session is designed to sensitize supervisors, workers and family members on the effects of shift work and cumulative fatigue. Workers will learn how to maximize their energy, alertness, safety and performance while minimizing the effects of fatigue.

    You may also be interested in our Shift Worker's Handbook, "99 Tips & Trips - A Practical Guide to Surviving Fatigue" - available for sale here


    Topics Covered:

    • Understanding circadian rhythms
    • Short and long term effects of shift work
    • Optimizing sleep
    • The rules of napping
    • Sleep disorders and medications
    • Safety and alertness strategies including driving activities
    • Managing social and family schedules
    • Defining impairment
    • Nutrition and meal planning strategies
    • Fitness strategies to stabilize rhythms and enhance sleep


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    Course Offerings

    SIX Safety Systems delivers fit-for-duty solutions that mitigate the risks associated with drugs, alcohol, and fatigue in the workplace. 



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