How to Use this Guide

A fatigue risk management system (FRMS) is an integrated set of management policies, procedures, and practices for monitoring and improving the safety and health aspects related to fatigue within your organization. This guide is intended to help you to build an effective fatigue risk management policies and procedures manual tailored to your specific operational requirements. Such a manual should provide both the overall governance policy for fatigue risk management, as well as a detailed framework for how fatigue will be managed on a day-to-day basis within the workplace.

Implementing an FRMS does not mean you need to create another set of documents. Some aspects of the policy may already be covered in your safety management system (SMS) manual. If this is the case, just cross-reference or copy the information in your FRMS manual.

In accordance with Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs), the FRMS manual must clearly define:

  • the level of senior management commitment
  • the purpose and goals of the FRMS
  • responsibilities of all employees for managing fatigue risk
  • training requirements
  • reporting procedures for fatiguerelated hazards
  • the fatigue reporting policy (any punitive actions that may be taken as a result of non-compliance, for example)
  • a procedure for evaluation and continuous improvement of the FRMS.

This approach is in line with Transport Canada’s guide to implementing a safety management system: Safety Management Systems for Flight Operations And Aircraft Maintenance Organizations — A Guide to Implementation (TP13881E).

NOTE: Advisory Circular 107-001 replaces TP 13881, Revision 1, dated 2002-03-01 Safety Management Systems for Flight Operations and Aircraft Maintenance Organizations.

Each section of this guide has three components:

  • Introduction — information about the purpose, theory and framework of the given FRMS policy component

  • Points to consider — a summary of the main points to be covered in that section of the manual. These have been framed as questions, which can be used as a framework for discussing the core components of an FRMS in consultation workshops.

  • Sample text — examples of what might be included in the given policy component section. These examples have been provided so that organizations can see the style of phrasing and content acceptable to Transport Canada. Each section of your policy manual should be tailored to the specific needs of your organization.

Each section of this FRMS guide is labelled as either mandatory or recommended:

  • mandatory sections must be included in your document. The sample text provided in this guide should be reviewed and modified appropriately to suit your operation.

  • recommended sections should be discussed with employees or your FRMS committee to determine whether they are appropriate and how they should be adapted to meet your operational requirements.

This guide follows the same organizational structure recommended for the FRMS policies and procedures manual.


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