Either through a voluntary reporting system or through the vessel’s reporting system, when there has been an incident or accident where fatigue may have been a contributory factor, open feedback and reporting should be promoted across organization’s culture.
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Key factors for a healthy shipboard environment
Seafarers not only work, but also live on board a vessel. To minimize the risks of fatigue, the following should be taken into consideration:
#1 Focus on sleep quality
Provide bedding, pillows, mattresses, adequate light management
#2 Mitigate stress
Ensure appropriate support to seafarers suffering from stress.
#3 Nutrition is a priority
Focus on healthy nutritious food and unlimited access to drinking water
#4 Maintain a healthy lifestyle on board
Adequate, well-designed and equipped training facilities and outside spaces are important
6 tips for effective reporting culture on fatigue
#1 Use forms
Forms need to be easy to access, quick to complete and submit
#2 Confidentiality comes first
Have clearly understood rules about confidentiality
#3 Set limits
Have clearly understood voluntary reporting protection limits
#4 Analysis is vital
Take into consideration all forms submitted and include regular analysis of reports
#5 Provide feedback
Regular feedback about decisions or actions taken based on the reports is important
#6 Communicate lessons learned
Useful in reinforcing awareness of fatigue among seafarers
Questions to include in a fatigue event reporting form
- How did you feel when the event occurred? (Alert / Neither alert nor sleepy / Sleepy)
- Did you feel fatigue before duty?
- Did you feel fatigue while on duty?
- Did you have dirscupted sleep?
- Did you take any actions to manage or reduce fatigue?
|Reports, incidents and lessons learned should be circulated on a ship-by ship basis to promote fatigue awareness and prevention!|