What is fatigue?


Fatigue is a state of physical and/or mental exhaustion. It can reduce a person’s ability to perform work safely and effectively. Fatigue reduces alertness. This may lead to errors, and an increase in workplace incidents and injuries.


DHBs,  unions and the Ministry of Health recognise it as one of the biggest challenges to the wellbeing of our people.  We have joined  with the Massey University Sleep Wake Centre to establish a Fatigue Minimisation and Management initiative.  Together we aim to  minimise and manage the risk of fatigue in the workplace, guided by existing evidence and through a number of approaches to improve systems.

National Code of Practice - For Managing Nurses' Fatigue and Shift Work in District Health Board Hospitals

The Code of Practice was developed as part of the Safer Nursing 24/7 project and describes a system for managing fatigue and shift work for hospital based nurses. Its goals are to improve patient safety and the health, safety, wellbeing and quality of life of nurses. It aims to improve retention of nurses; and the efficient use of hospital resources – both people and financial.
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Managing Risks of Fatigue

A resource from the NZ Business Leaders' Health and Safety Forum. Professor Drew Dawson outlines how good fatigue risk management is more about ensuring people get enough sleep, than simply managing hours of work.
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