ACOEM Issues Guidelines on Implementing a Fatigue Risk Management System

February 8, 2012 | Strategic Insights for Health System


Implementing a fatigue risk management system can help healthcare facilities improve safety by effectively managing fatigue in the workplace, according to a guidance statement from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) published January 26, 2012, in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The guidance provides background, key concepts, and references to create, support, and promote a fatigue risk management system. Specifically, the guidance outlines the scientific background of fatigue in the workplace, describes how to build support for a fatigue risk management system within an organization, provides five key defenses to assist in the design of such a system, and discusses establishing continuous system improvement and the process of identifying, collecting, and analyzing metrics for the system.

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