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NIOSH Director’s Seminar Series on Work and Fatigue

This webinar series will address health and safety risks associated with workplace fatigue, evidence-based strategies to reduce these risks and future directions for research.

DISCLAIMER: The opinions and recommendations expressed in these presentations are those of the invited speaker(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services or the US Government.

NIOSH Director’s Seminar Series: Fatigue mitigation in EMS- Let’s talk about evidence, tailored recommendations, and a focus on worker health
Daniel Patterson

Presented by:
P. Daniel Patterson, PhD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
James O. Page Professor of Emergency Healthcare Worker Safety
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

NIOSH Director’s Seminar Series: Reducing Fatigue-Related Risk
Drew Dawson

Presented by:
Drew Dawson, Ph.D.
Director, Appleton Institute
Central Queensland University

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

NIOSH Director’s Seminar Series: Practical considerations for quantifying fatigue and identifying fatigue risk in workforce populations
Portrait of the speaker Mollicone

Presented by:
Daniel Mollicone, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Pulsar Informatics, Inc.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

When we are fatigued we make more errors. These errors can impact safety and affect the bottom line. Scientific studies have demonstrated that we tend to underestimate the degree of our own fatigue-related deficits. In order to monitor for and mitigate fatigue hazards, a systematic approach is needed based on an objective, quantitative framework. Dr. Mollicone will provide a briefing about state-of-the-art fatigue science and present approaches to reliably manage fatigue risk. Case studies will be presented demonstrating fatigue risk management implemented in different operation types.

NIOSH Director’s Seminar Series: Fatigue and Automation: Black Swans and Lumberjacks Redux

profile of Don Fisher, PhD

Presented by:
Don Fisher, PhD
Principal Technical Advisor
Safety Transportation Human Factors
U.S. Department of Transportation
Volpe Center

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

Automation in transportation can greatly reduce crashes and the resulting injuries and fatalities. However, this does not come without some cost (i.e. the failure to notice unexpected events or “black swans”). It has been known for some time that as the level of automation increases, system failures become increasingly serious (the taller the lumberjack, the harder the fall). This has been attributed to the decreases in situation awareness that come with the increases in levels of automation. This talk will focus on the benefits and disbenefits that occurs increasing levels of automation, with an emphasis on the effects of fatigue.

NIOSH Director’s Seminar Series: Managing Fatigue in safety-critical workforces: Primary risk factors and practical approaches

image of Adam Fletcher, PhD

Presented by:

Adam Fletcher, PhD
CEO & Principal Consultant
Integrated Safety Support


Wednesday, March 28, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)


The biological, psychological and societal factors that influence safety are complex, and yet are essential to understand so that safety can be managed. One primary human factor in workforce safety is sleep, and how it relates to fatigue and performance. This presentation aims to provide a practical perspective on the primary risk factors and how workforce fatigue can be managed in industrialized contexts.

NIOSH Director’s Seminar Series: Investigating Human Fatigue Factors

Jana Price

Presented by:

Jana Price, Ph.D.
Senior Human Performance Investigator
Office of Highway Safety,
National Transportation Safety Board

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

This presentation will provide information about evaluating the role of human fatigue in accidents, and determining whether fatigue was a causal or contributing factor. It will also examine fatigue-related issues at the individual, operational and environmental levels and discuss how these issues affect human performance, alertness and safety.

NIOSH Director’s Seminar Series: Why are we sleepy and what can be done about it?
Lynn Caldwell, Ph.D.

Presented by:
Lynn Caldwell, Ph.D.
Senior Research Psychologist
Naval Medical Research Unit, Dayton

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

This presentation briefly describes the causes and consequences of inadequate sleep. Various countermeasures that are aimed at individuals, employers and policy makers to reduce sleep-related occupational health and safety risks are discussed.

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