Self-Assessment Checklist Helps Diagnose Fatigue Problems

Fatigue self-assessment checklist a useful tool in addressing this issue

To determine whether you may be working tired, ask yourself the following questions:

Before starting work:

•Did I get less than 6 hr. of sleep last night?

•Have I been building a sleep deficit over time?

•Did my shift require me to wake up extremely early in the morning?

•Am I working a series of shifts that require me to get up at progressively earlier hours?

•Have I been asked to work longer hours than normal?

During the shift:

•Am I slower than usual in performing a task?

•Am I having a tough time finding the right words when communicating with others?

•Did I forget someone telling me to do something?

•Am I generally feeling short-tempered?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” you may be fatigued and therefore more prone to making an error on the job. 

A version of this article appears in the November 3/10 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology.

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