A leading occupational heat stress consultant has warned that workers in hot conditions are often told to drink tepid fluids to rehydrate, when they should be provided with more palatable chilled options encouraging consumption.
A Fair Work Commission full bench has upheld the rejection of an enterprise agreement providing for split shifts, while a union has announced a national day of action against such shift arrangements, claiming they cause fatigue and high injury rates.
A union has successfully opposed an aviation employer's proposed enterprise agreement, and applied to the Fair Work Commission to terminate its current EA, claiming it provides for unlawful split shifts that increase fatigue and injury rates.
Ninety per cent of shift workers are at high risk of accidents because they are regularly sleepy or fatigued during work, highlighting the need for smarter rosters and medical practitioners to do more to improve patients' sleep, according to a sleep and respiratory physician.
A targeted assessment program has found that employers in the mining sector are breaching their own fatigue management plans by allowing supervisors to work excessive hours, and failing to implement control measures consistently across sites.
Poor sleep behaviour is often a personal choice and workplace policies should focus on educating workers on sleep hygiene, as well as the short and long-term consequences inadequate sleep can have on them, according to a new report.