Interim NIOSH Training for Emergency Responders: Safe Work Practices for Managers and Workers

Create a Positive Work Atmosphere

To reduce psychological stress that can lead to poor sleep, create a work environment with these characteristics:

  • Respectful interpersonal communications
  • Clearly established responder rights, roles, and responsibilities, including
    • Some control in decision-making
    • Protection from threats or violence such as bullying
  • Sufficient resources available for responders to do their jobs
  • Acknowledgment of jobs well done

Establish Systems to Reduce Errors and Incidents Due to Fatigue:

  • Identify areas in the operation where mistakes due to fatigue would cause significant problems.
  • Develop a system to defend vulnerable areas: for example, double-check important work outputs.

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