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Drowsy Driving and Worker Safety: Truckers and Bus Drivers aren’t the only workers at risk for driving while fatigued

January 25, 2015

Safety and Health Magazine reports that driver fatigue may contribute to more than 100,000 crashes a year and between 1,000 and 6,000 fatalities a year. According to this article, workers within the oil and gas industry are particularly vulnerable due to long shifts and trips between worksites. FusionHealth can help employers implement fatigue management policy to protect employees who may be at risk for fatigue-related injuries.

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Why all-nighters don’t work: How sleep and memory go hand-in-hand

January 23, 2015

Want to ace that test tomorrow? Here’s a tip: Put down the coffee and hit the sack. Scientists have long known that sleep, memory and learning are deeply connected. Most animals, from flies to humans, have trouble remembering when sleep deprived, and studies have shown that sleep is critical in converting short-term into long-term memory, a process known as memory consolidation.

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Sleep well in middle age to stay sharp in later life

January 23, 2015

Burning the candle at both ends might seem an attractive prospect when you are younger, but you could be storing up problems in later life, new research suggests. Scientists have found that people who enjoy longer and better sleep under the age of 60 could delay age-related changes in memory and thinking.

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Effects of Restful Sleep on Employee Performance

January 19, 2015

Studies have found that employee performance is dependent upon restful and restorative sleep.  Workers who continually lack sleep, and ultimately become sleep deprived, contribute to lost revenue due to reduced performance and productivity.  While workers may find illness as a reasonable excuse to miss work, sleepiness and fatigue are not typically considered acceptable grounds for […]

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Neurocognitive Consequences of Sleep Deprivation

July 15, 2014

Scientists and Sleep Medicine experts recently conducted a study examining the neurocognitive consequences of Sleep Deprivation for associates. According to the study’s findings, sleep deprivation has considerable social, financial, and health-related costs for American workers. Researchers found that Sleep Deprivation inhibits cognitive performance with psychomotor speed, mental focus, working memory, and higher cognitive abilities. Additionally, […]

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Reduce Workplace Fatigue, Risk and Costs

July 15, 2014

Workplace Fatigue Management is an important function allowing companies to reduce employee fatigue in the workplace, reduce risk, and reduce healthcare costs. Sleep disorders can be quite costly to companies both in health costs and in lost productivity. However, the simple and effective treatment of an employee suffering from a sleep disorder results in a […]

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Fatigue Risk Management for Refining and Petrochemical Industries

July 15, 2014

API Recommended Practice for Fatigue Risk Management Systems for Personnel in the Refining and Petrochemical Industries After the 2005 BP Texas City refinery incident, the U.S. Chemical and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) investigated and made several recommendations based on their findings. One specific suggestion was for the industry to develop “fatigue prevention guidelines…that, at a […]

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Combating Workplace Fatigue

July 15, 2014

Combating Worker Fatigue through Fatigue Risk Management Programs Multiple research studies and workplace observations have confirmed that worker fatigue is a very real and serious hazard. Employee fatigue can be defined as a “physiological state of reduced mental or physical performance capability resulting from sleep loss or extended wakefulness, circadian phase, or workload (mental and/or […]

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Fatigue Risk Management in the Workplace

October 21, 2013

Understanding the need for a more detailed explanation and action plan of worker fatigue, the ACOEM created a task force and guidance statement addressing the issue and hazards associated with employee fatigue in the workplace. According to the document, worker fatigue is a very real and dangerous condition in today’s workplace. The publication: Defines fatigue […]

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Financial Benefits of OSA Treatments

October 21, 2013

In 2010, the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine published an article on a study that examined the costs associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in commercial drivers and the financial benefits of OSA treatments. According to the results, continuous positive airway pressure and bi-level positive airway treatments reduced health-related costs by $6,341, lowered absenteeism […]

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