Center for Work and Fatigue Research

What are our priorities?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Center for Work and Fatigue Research (CWFR), launched in May 2020. The CFWR collaborates with other government agencies, industry, labor, safety professionals, and scientific researchers. Through these partnerships, the CWFR aims to:

  • Raise awareness of various sources of worker fatigue
  • Identify effective methods to assess fatigue-risk in workplaces
  • Reduce health and safety risks associated with workplace fatigue
What do we do?
  • Establish and cultivate national and international partnerships to conduct multi-disciplinary research on work-related fatigue and disseminate study findings.
  • Evaluate effectiveness, feasibility and acceptability of fatigue monitoring and detection technologies, educational materials, and organizational strategies to better understand the benefits and challenges of various methods to reduce workplace fatigue.
  • Promote a holistic approach to managing work-related fatigue by developing guidance and recommendations to manage risks, educational and informational resources, non-punitive reporting protocols, and feedback mechanisms to ensure methods remain effective.
  • Actively disseminate new findings and knowledge through various communication channels to reach different worker and employer audiences for greater impact.
What have we accomplished?
  • Hosted a mini symposium on work-related fatigue for the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors on May 19, 2021. Presentation topics included the evolution of fatigue research, COVID-19 and work-related fatigue, fatigue risk management strategies and global perspectives of work-related fatigue.
  • Developed 4 science blogs on shift work, fatigue, and fatigue detection technologies.
  • Published an article proposing an industrial hygiene approach to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control work-related fatigue.
  • Contributed 4 articles to the American Journal of Industrial Medicine about current knowledge and gaps in work-related fatigue research and effective countermeasures. Topics include: mining, oil and gas extraction, economic benefits and cost, and populations at disproportionate risks.
What’s next?
  • Publish a Cochrane Review on adaptation of shift work schedules to reduce sleepiness and improve sleep.
  • Develop videos with tips to manage fatigue during challenging times.
  • Publish a scoping review of sleep education and training interventions for nurses.
  • Partner with US Department of Transportation, Volpe Center, to develop communication and educational products about risk of fatigue with automated and assisted driving.
  • Publish a thematic journal issue of emerging concerns in workplace fatigue and effective solutions specific to various industry sectors.

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The Center for Work and Fatigue Research aims to improve the health and safety of workers by reducing workplace fatigue. This snapshot shows recent accomplishments and  upcoming work.

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