Fatigue Levels – An Inside Look
Life by SmartCap provides information to assist equipment operators in the management of fatigue through their shift. This document provides a detailed, inside look at how Life’s fatigue levels are calculated, and what they represent.
What Life by SmartCap Measures
Life measures something very specific – an individual’s ability to resist sleep. Fatigue as a concept is somewhat grey. Terms such as vigilance, alertness, tiredness and fitness to perform are often used in place of fatigue – often with the same sentiment, but subtly different definitions, and none of which consistently correlate with how a person is feeling.
Microsleeps only occur when we fail to resist sleep; they don’t occur when we choose to rest. For people operating equipment, resisting sleep is a natural, sometimes subconscious behaviour. It is when our ability to resist sleep diminishes that we become at risk of a microsleep. This is why ability to resist sleep is the most relevant safety measure for equipment operators.
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