Why a training program on fatigue risk management?

Transport Canada is committed to improving aviation safety through the management of fatigue-related risks. To this end, a set of tools was developed to support the Canadian aviation industry in implementing Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) within Safety Management Systems.

An important part of an FRMS consists of training all employees in the management of fatigue as a safety hazard. To achieve this goal, the tools developed include various training materials that are designed to meet the business needs of participating organizations and the skills development needs of their employees in relation to fatigue risk management.

Managing human resources has always been a demanding task and now more than ever industry must acknowledge the unique needs of employees who work outside the Monday-to-Friday, 9-to-5 schedule. Non-traditional work schedule designs have benefits for employers and employees. But decisions made without thorough knowledge of the safety and family or social impacts of such hours could result in shift patterns that compromise any potential benefits. Appropriate and efficient management of the workforce is crucial to meeting the demands of the Canadian Aviation Regulations, as well as ensuring high levels of work site productivity.

What is the purpose of this workbook?

This workbook aims to provide the knowledge and skills to help you to adopt appropriate fatigue management strategies.

More specifically, you will learn how to:

  • monitor potential causes of fatigue and devise action plans to minimize their effects in accordance with company procedures;
  • identify personal warning signs of fatigue and appropriate counter-measures in accordance with workplace procedures to ensure that effective work capability and alertness are maintained;
  • make positive lifestyle choices to promote the effective long-term management of fatigue;
  • adopt and apply effective practices and countermeasures for combatting fatigue; and
  • communicate your personal fatigue management strategies to relevant people.


How to use this workbook?

This workbook involves a combination of theory and practical strategies related to both work and non-work situations. This study guide will be your reference during your training.

Each chapter begins with a list of learning outcomes. These are provided to organize the training around clearly defined outcomes that students are expected to demonstrate on completion. The content of each chapter includes background information on the featured topic and related practical strategies to minimize the effects of non-traditional work hours and fatigue. Topics covered include sleep, nutritional, physical, social, and work design strategies to minimize the risk of fatigue.

Exercises are provided throughout the workbook. Students are asked to demonstrate they can apply the knowledge learned to everyday situations by completing the exercises provided in each chapter. Knowledge checks are also included at the end of each chapter to allow students to verify whether they need to review some of the content.

Will this program be assessed?

Depending on the training format chosen by your company, you may have to complete an assessment to receive a certificate of completion for this course. Your trainer or supervisor will inform you whether an assessment process will be used and its exact format. An assessment can take various forms, including:

  • If your training program includes classroom delivery for this course, the assessment could include group and case study exercises (written and oral) to reinforce the course content.
  • By completing the exercises in each chapter of the workbook, you may demonstrate that you are able to apply this learning to your individual work situation. This may be endorsed by the assessor or your supervisor.
  • You may be asked to complete an assessment exercise to show that you have retained knowledge and acquired skills from this training. This involves answering questions on the content of this workbook (similar to the exercises and knowledge checks).
  • Skill achievement may also be demonstrated through maintaining a candidate’s log. This process requires you to record how you have applied the skills learned during the course in your specific work situation and daily life.
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