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

Consider establishing policies that address fatigue:
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  • Set limits on the number of hours worked per 24-hour period and per 7-day period.
  • Allow fatigued responders to request and take breaks without repercussions.
  • Establish procedures for meeting the workload when a responder is unable to work (for example, reduce expectations, request new staff).
  • Establish procedures to address a fatigued responder who insists on continuing work.
  • Establish a signal with which the team can alert each other, such as the statement “I think this situation is not safe.”

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